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Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Why can't a person who has had a blood transfusion give blood for a year?

Disease prevention: Some times, though rarely, infections may be transmitted through transfusion. Blood banks defer people who may have been exposed to infections for a year before being eligible to donate. The deferal includes getting tatoo. ...Read more

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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Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Sensitized: She'll make antibodies against D (the main Rh antigen) and these will cross the placenta and damage Junior if he/she is Rh positive. Generally, we don't give Rh-pos blood to Rh-neg people because they tend to destroy the transfused cells anyway, and who needs that? ...Read more

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My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

My baby might need a blood transfusion but i’m a jehovah’s witness. I don’t know what to do.?

Call the JW: In our hospital we have a good relationship with jehovah's witnesses. They have specially trained people that will advise you about blood transfusion and the ways that you can sometimes get around having to have a blood transfusion. These specialists will work with your doctor or hospital so that you and they are informed. I would rely on your specialists in your faith. ...Read more

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What is name of the illness where person needs to have blood transfusion? And they only eat little food and look slim and can't gain weight?

What is name of the illness where person needs to have blood transfusion? And they only eat little food and look slim and can't gain weight?

? Puzzle? Medi-check: Your Puzzle can not be guessed by any doctor. Doctors give blood transfusion when a person is Anemic (low blood amount). This can be caused by blood loss, increased blood destruction inside the body or lack of blood formation in the bone marrow. The list of causes is very long. So I would recommend a medical examination following a detailed history and blood tests to find the condition of the blood ...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 healthy is blood transfusion?

How healthy is blood transfusion?

59 deaths in 2013: Acute reactions include:
hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali)
transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco)

chronic reactions include:
hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...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 carrying 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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Can blood transfusion change behavior?

Can blood transfusion change behavior?

What do you mean?: An you elaborate? In general, no, it can't. ...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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How does a white blood transfusion work?

How does a white blood transfusion work?

Rare: It is rare to have a white blood cell transfusion. White blood cells only live in the blood stream for a few hours and transfusions of white blood cells are more likely to cause fever. If you have low white blood cells, you are usually given a medication that stimulates production of white blood cells by your bone marrow. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for a blood transfusion?

How do I prepare for a blood transfusion?

Recently eaten: Make sure you don't have an infection currently and eat as normal. Don't go in starving; otherwise, you may faint. There are other medical issues that could preclude you from donating but this will be discussed with you at the pre-donation screening interview. ...Read more

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What are risks now from blood transfusion?

What are risks now from blood transfusion?

Depends on lifestyle: The risk of aquiring an infection depends on the donor's health condition, and what behaviors he/she engaged in. This is why people are screened before they donate blood. They are checked for temperature, amount of iron, asked questions about general health, and have blood pressure taken. The blood is even screened after donation for things like hiv. Anyone with higher risk cannot donate. ...Read more

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How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

Antibodies: Antibodies are produced by the body to defend against "foreign" substances, such as bacteria, viruses or cells from another person and generally circulate in the blood. If transfused red blood cells have structures on their surface that are different than those on your own red cells, the body may unleash this army of antibodies to attack and kill transfused cells. ...Read more

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Which illnesses require blood transfusion?

Which illnesses require blood transfusion?

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 more

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Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Yes: Transfusion-associated immuno-modulation (TRIM) is independent of whether the blood is allogenic, autogenic, or leukodepleted. This has been described since 1973, seen in the improved graft survival in kidney transplant in transfused patients. Some effects include down-regulation of the immune function by decreasing cytokine production, and an increase in T suppressor cell number and function. ...Read more

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Need I get tested after a blood transfusion?

Need I get tested after a blood transfusion?

Maybe: The only test the physician may want is a CBC to follow the level of hemoglobin after the transfusion. Or if the patient develops a possible reaction due to the transfusion itself, like hemolysis or bacterial contamination. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a blood transfusion?

What are the benefits of a blood transfusion?

Treat anemia: People with significant anemia (low red blood cell count) have a reduced ability to deliver oxygen to the brain and other organs of the body. Correcting anemia with a blood transfusion can improve the symptoms of anemia such as fatigue and dizziness, and in more serious cases can be life-saving. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

65 death in 2012: Acute reactions include:
hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali)
transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco)

chronic reactions include:
hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more

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How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

IV bag: Blood is collected by IV into a specialized, sealed, sterile plastic bag containing an anti-coagulant. It is then refrigerated (after blood typing and testing for infections) until needed. The shelf life is 21-35 days depending on the preservative used (anti-coagulant). ...Read more

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Could one die from recieving a blood transfusion?

Could one die from recieving a blood transfusion?

Transfusion Reaction: A severe transfusion reaction (such as hemolytic transfusion reaction) could potential cause death (especially if not caught early and treated appropriately). ...Read more

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How frequently do anemics need blood transfusion?

How frequently do anemics need blood transfusion?

It depends: Most often, the cause of the anemia can be found and treated. Especially if health is otherwise good, transfusion is best reserved for anemia sufficient to interfere with a person being able to do the basic things they enjoy -- being able to get around. Blood bankers are the only businesspeople who work hard to reduce demand for their product. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about blood transfusion?

Can you tell me anything about blood transfusion?

Plenty: To be able to accomplish a blood transfusion there has to be a blood donor that gives blood to a blood bank, then it is processed and tested before it can be transfused to a compatible recipient. It is a prescribed product and its major indication is the need to increase oxygen carrying capacity in an anemic patient with symptoms of low oxygen. Also platelets or plasma are other products available ...Read more

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Will I need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Will I need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Not necessarily: Unless there is a specific concern, then there is no real need, as the blood banking system is very careful in testing the units it receives prior to release, with most infectious diseases having about an 1:1, 000, 000 risk. For more information, see: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/hospitals/infectious-disease-testing. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a complete blood transfusion?

I guess becuase the: Incomplete transfusion didn't work. In all seriousness I am not sure of the question. If you wan to know when would "whole blood" be used for transfusion, the answer is never with modern blood banking. If you are asking when would a red blood cell exchange transfusion be done, a good example would be in a sickle cell anemia patient before a major operation. ...Read more

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How much time does a blood transfusion typically take?

How much time does a blood transfusion typically take?

Depends on patient: A unit of blood can be infused in about 2 minutes for severe trauma, or over 4+hours in a patient with a weak heart. It all depends on the need of the patient, their ability to tolerate the volume, and how ill they are. ...Read more

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How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

Relatively: If you really need blood, worth the risk. The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; most folks recover. Fatal type mismatches are rare today. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly common. Blood is screened for hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk is extremely low. ...Read more

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What medicine should be given before blood transfusion?

None "required": Many practitioners will give tylenol (acetaminophen) & Benadryl dose prior to transfusion, to reduce chance of low grade temperature or minor incompatibility reaction--but this is not necessary/essential. ...Read more

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What can I expect to happen during a blood transfusion?

What can I expect to happen during a blood transfusion?

See below: You will have an extensive interview regarding your health, past surgeries, recent travel, and certain lifestyle practices. Then your blood will be tested for the type and iron level. You will then proceed to a donation chair where the phlebotomist will start the donation through an iv. After that (about 20 minutes), you usually get a snack. They're making sure you won't faint. Then all done. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a blood transfusion last for?

Variable: It is very variable depending upon the number of units you are geting, what product you are been transfused and do you have antibodies in your system already. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of getting a blood transfusion?

What are the health risks of getting a blood transfusion?

As close to 0: As possible. Blood banking is a highly controlled service that has many different controls that make sure that all goes perfectly. Some people who get a lot of transfusions can develop antibodies. But USA blood is extremely clean of bacteria, viruses and other adulterants. Fear of getting a transfusion is not something you should worry about. ...Read more