The Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion (IHBT) at KMC Manipal provides clinical services to support patients in need of blood component therapy, therapeutic apheresis, and specialised laboratory diagnostics. Additionally, it collects and prepares the blood components used in patient care, acts as a reference lab for the region and offers a postgraduate program in Transfusion Medicine.

The state-of-the-art blood bank is widely acknowledged by experts in the field. This is the only institution in the state of Karnataka to offer a postgraduate program in the field of Transfusion Medicine.

The department also organises blood donation camps annually to meet the demands of the Udupi District.


Core competencies

  • Blood component collection, processing and storage
  • Clinical transfusion practice
  • Homeostasis
  • Therapeutic aphaeresis.



A spacious blood donation complex with dedicated donor couches.

A separate Apheresis Room with two cell separators are present.

Department has well equipped laboratory to ensure safe blood transfusion.

List of Laboratories:

  • Component Separation.
  • TTI screening.
  • Immunohematology.
  • Quality Control.
  • Pre-transfusion testing.


The Department of Immunohematology, KMC Manipal offers the following program:


MD - Immunohaemotology & Blood transfusion



Individual departments under KMC are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure for research and clinical experience.


Laboratories supplement classroom teaching with practicals


Libraries have excellent resources for reference and study


Teaching in hospitals give students hands-on learning

Research & Publications

The areas of research are: Clinical transfusion Medicine, Audit on blood components, Hemovigilance - classifying and monitoring transfusion reaction, Blood donor risk factors, therapeutic phlebotomy for patients, transfusion transmitted infections, therapeutic apheresis.