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GTB Hospital starts Delhi's first bone bank

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 Rohit Shishodia
Delhi government-run Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTBH) has become the first government health facility in Delhi to start a bone bank where bones can be preserved for six months and later fixed in patients according to international guidelines.

The facility was inaugurated by Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Jain on June 9, 2018. The bones which are to be fixed will be preserved at minus eighty degree Celsius. There is due process of preserving and fixing the bones.

The bone can be taken only after taking consent of the patient (the donor).

“Both bone and patient will be examined to ascertain that they do not have any disease such as HIV or hepatitis. Only after that, bone will be preserved for six months at minus eighty degrees Celsius. After this process, they will again be tested to know that they do not have any issues.” said Dr Prof Anil Jain, Department of Orthopedics, UCMS, the medical college attached to GTBH.

“It is better to use their bone which normally is to be thrown. It can be saved and preserved after taking the consent of the patient,” added Dr Jain.

“There are conditions when there is loss of bone in a patient. In such a condition, bone has to be replaced by bone. There is the option left that bone has to be taken from the patient himself or somewhere else. But for taking bone, there will be another surgery of a patient and there will be limited volume of bone too,” said Dr Jain.

Dr Jain informed that a bigger bone is required for filling a big cavity. In such a condition, there is need for bone that can only be taken after taking the consent of the patient.

Dr Aditya Aggarwal, Department of Orthopedics, GTBH, said, “If there is a big cavity in a child and you have to fill this cavity, this bone bank will play a pivotal role. Just because of this bone bank, he will be able to walk which is a big thing. It just functions like a blood bank.”

Dr Aggarwal added, “Earlier, we used to fix synthetic bones that cost a lot. But here you are getting it free of cost, that too human bone. We will perform these procedures as per international scientific guidelines."

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