Sunday, April 11, 2010

Insurance Company offers screened blood

ALC Health has signed an agreement with the Blood Care Foundation (BCF) to provide clients with screened blood, in the event of a medical emergency, from a network of blood banks around the world.
The service will be added as a new free benefit to all of the company's policies, including travel insurance, from 1 June 2010. ALC Health will be the only international medical provider offering the service across all of its policy products.
Andrew Apps, director at ALC Health commented:"The increase in incidences of people being given infected blood meant that many of our members were requesting a service of this type. We are delighted to be working with the BCF and now, at no extra cost to our customers, they can be assured that in the event of requiring a blood transfusion the blood will be available within a short space of time and will have been fully screened."
The BCF is a Sussex based charity that has been established since 1991 to provide a solution to the problems of sourcing and supplying screened blood in the case of emergencies. The BCF has built up a network of blood banks to overcome the demand where blood is in short supply, or the local blood does not meet US, UK and EU standards. All blood supplied by BCF is drawn from internationally recognised blood centres, which meet the highest international standard. BCF also supplies immunoglobulin and vaccine for the treatment of rabies.

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