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Are blood transfusions common for preemies?

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 more

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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more


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How will my preemie benefit from a blood transfusion?

How will my preemie benefit from a blood transfusion?

Improves oxygenation: Increasing the number of rbcs will increase blood volume which helps to treat hypotension or shock from blood loss. It also improves oxygen in the blood which will decrease the strain on the heart from anemia and also may decrease various signs of anemia like apnea, slow or fast heart rate, poor weight gain, fatigue during feeding etc. ...Read more

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A fever with blood transfusion. Is that common?

A fever with blood transfusion. Is that common?

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 more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the  us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 - 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

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 more

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How common is hepatitis after a blood transfusion in the us now?

Less than before.: This is probably a lot less common than before due to vaccination for hepatitis b, and more diligent screening. The transmission of hepatitis c via transfusion is currently at a rate of about 1 in 2 million units. Hepatitis b is probably less than that. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions common with e.Coli infections?

Are blood transfusions common with e.Coli infections?

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 more

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How safe is a blood transfusion?

How safe is a blood transfusion?

Very safe: Blood donors are screened for diseases and medications. Blood products are screened for infectios agents, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Blood banks store blood for a limited period of time only. ...Read more

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How can blood transfusion help in :-?

How can blood transfusion help in :-?

Decreased oxygen lev: This is a clinical decision since patients with symptoms of hypoxemia(low oxygen) most likely will not improve until their oxygen carryin capacity (red blood cells and hemoglobin) are increased to support the normal function of the body. In cases of acute bleeding of 2 or more liters of blood, the patient most likely will need a transfusion (our body has 4-6 liters of blood or 10 pints). ...Read more

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How often do I need a blood transfusion

How often do I need a blood transfusion

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 more

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