• Mobile Team Blood Drives

      Blood Transfusion Institute of Serbia, Svetog Save 39 Open from Monday to Friday, 7 - 19h, Saturday 8 -15hTransmobile at the Republic Square, Belgrade, every day except Sunday, 11 to 17 hEmergency Center – Voluntary blood donation unit, every day except Sunday, 9 to 16 h
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    • Professional education and Training

      Responsibilities and tasks of the Scientific Research and Education Service make up a significant part of the activities of the BTIS including:Scientific research activities Education activities Professional training Scientific research work at the BTIS includes activities significant for the BTIS and the Republic of Serbia as a whole. Its objective is to improve the activities of the BTIS in the framework of blood transfusion, related with the implementation of new methods in routine practice, improvement of the production processes, acquiring new knowledge in domain of transfusion medicine and associated medical disciplines. In accordance with the Act on Scientific Research Activities of the Republic of Serbia, health care professionals at the BTIS acquire academic qualifications and gain opportunities to take aprt in the projects financed by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia, depending on the scientific competence of each candidate. Besides possibility of participation in the projects financed by the Government of Serbia, internal projects are designed and carried out within the BTIS, significant for the improvement of blood transfusion service. Educational Activities at the BTIS are performed in compliabce with the legal regulations, BTIS Statute, Contracts signed by the BTIS and other educational institutions (Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade, Nurses and Technicians College and Secondary Medical School) and on the Decree of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Medical Academy, Belgrade, based on the decision made by the BTIS Stirring Committee.
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  • COVID-19

    Ваша локација Blood Transfusion Institute of Serbia / COVID-19

    You beat COVID-19?

    Donate plasma!

    Help others win!


    1. What is convalescent plasma?

    Convalescent plasma is a liquid part of blood collected from Covid-19 virus infection cured persons, caused by the new corona SARS-CoV-2 virus. It contains precious antibodies against the virus created in bodies during the illness.  

    2. What is the phone number or E-mail address I can contact to apply as a potential donor? 

    In order to apply or get all necessary information on convalescent plasma donation you can dial the phone numbers 064 / 839 2967 and 19819 and by visiting www.donirajplazmu.gov.rs. All questions can be sent to the following E-mail: itkscovid@nbti.org.rs

    3. Once I contact you by phone wishing to donate convalescent plasma, what follows next?

     In the course of phone interview, physician in charge makes preliminary assessment whether or not you meet necessary criteria. If yes, we make you an appointment for detailed medical examination and taking blood samples for certain analyses which include blood group determination and testing to transfusion transmissible diseases. In addition, a nasopharyngeal swab sample for Covid-19 test will be collected from you.

    4. What are the criteria for a convalescent plasma donor? 

    First of all, you need to have been confirmed Covid-19 positive, to have recovered from illness and to have a negative test, and 21 days following the negative test, you can be included in the process of preparation for plasma donation. Besides, you must meet criteria for the selection of blood donors, i.e. to be 18 to 60 years old, with no chronic cardiac, pulmonary, renal, malignant or autoimmune diseases or diabetes.

    5. What is the procedure of convalescent plasma donation like and how long does it last? 

    Plasma donation is performed by apheresis procedure - plasmapheresis - using blood cell and plasma separation device. In the course of the procedure, only certain amount of plasma is removed from donor`s blood (600 ml), while other blood components are returned to the donor through the same venipuncture site. Procedure lasts from 40 to 60 minutes.

    6. How often can I donate plasma?

    Plasma can be donated every 15 days. 

    7. How long does it take for my body to recover from plasma donation? 

    Liquid part of blood is recovered that same day and proteins, with the usual nourishment, in two days. 

    8. Can donation of convalescent plasma affect my immunity? 

    Plasma donation cannot have detrimental effect on your immunity. Collected plasma contains formed antibodies, while B lymphocytes which produce antibodiescontinue their formation with no disruption 

    9. Is plasma donation painful?

    Plasma donation, as well as blood donation, does not hurt. If a donor tolerates blood donation or blood sampling for some analyses, there should not be any concerns. Our experienced and professional staff members will do their best to make you feel safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. 

    10. Can I be infected during plasma donation? 

    You cannot be infected during plasma donation because sterile, disposable sets are used for each donor. Used set is disposed off after the procedure in accordance with the necessary requirements. 

    11. Will transport be organized and what if the procedure is scheduled during curfew?

    Transport and movement permit will be provided. 

    12. How can convalescent plasma help patients? 

    Following plasma transfusion to patient, antibodies found in plasma bind to virus, reduce its effect and progression of the disease.  

    13. Has convalescent plasma been used for the treatment of some diseases in the past? 

    It is well known that back in 1890, patients with diphtheria were transfused with blood of the recovered patients, as well as during the 1918 flu pandemic. In the previous decade, patients infected with Ebola virus, SARS, MERS and H1N1 viruses, were treated by plasma collected from recovered patients.   

    14. Is donor / patient blood group compatibility important?   

    Blood group compatibility of donors and patients is necessary. 

    15. How is my plasma stored?

    Plasma is frozen and stored in accordance with the recommendations referring to convalescent plasma.

    16. Will my personal data be used for some other purposes and/orforwarded to someother parties? 

    Your personal data will be protected and accessible only to the professionals of the establishment wherein plasma donation procedure is performed.  

    For the most up to date information on the current situation visit https://covid19.rs/