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Are Blood Transfusions Common For Preemies
Yes: Premi's in an ICU setting have blood taken for tests & although small amounts are used, baby doesn't have much & this adds up over time. They are also using much of their energy to mature & less so to make blood on their own. Anemia (too little blood) can slow growth & healing so efforts to keep babies levels up are part of trying to get them well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Common are trivial: We pathologists run the blood bank and are always enouraging prudent and sparing use of our product. There's a few percent chance you'll get the sneezies and/or the itchies, a bit less that you'll get a mild fever. The very serious side effects are much less common. The one that's most worrisome is lung damage from donor antibodies -- less now that we use donors less likely to have them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less than 1%: A fever can be a manifestation of different types of transfusion reactions. The more common one occurs in less than 1% of transfusions, is accompanied by chills, headache or vomiting and is of little concern. However, fever can also occur with some much severe reactions so the hospital blood bank will always test the unit of blood and will not reissue it. Always stop the transfusion first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: People who sick with e. Coli infection will not be eligible to donate blood. Bacterial infections from transfusion are more of a problem from transfusion of platelets, a component of blood given to help stop bleeding. This is because platelets are stored at room temperature where bacteria can continue to grow in the platelet bag. These reactions, although uncommon, can be very severe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your friend whith type o+ blood needs a blood transfusion, can your type a+ blood be given safely to him?
It deoends: It depends what you need for? For example some people need it because they are bleeding from some were, if the bleeding continues they have to give blood transfusion tell the bleeding stop and your blood level get high enough to support your system. That could one time or 10 times. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need of blood : Blood transfusions are required when a patient's body can't maintain adequate oxygenation for tissues due to decreased red blood cells. Usually if hemoglobin levels are below 6 g/dl and there are symptoms of anemia or active bleeding, a transfusion maybe required in order to save his or her life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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