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Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Of course but low: Viruses and disease, allergic reaction, lung damage. Please reed the folowing article for explianitions. The chances are low bout real.Consult your doctor. ...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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Are blood transfusions safe?

Are blood transfusions safe?

Almost risk free: Alexis, i would have to say that blood transfusions are safe but not entirely risk free. Those that donate blood are given a rigorous questionaire, and physically examined. Then the blood removed is tested for all types of infectious disease agents including hepatitis and hiv. The unit is then processed, stored under strict federal guidelines, and tested again before you receive the unit. ...Read more

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What alternatives are there to blood transfusions?

What alternatives are there to blood transfusions?

Volume replacement,,: In those cases where blood transfusion is not chosen, there are alternatives. Blood substitutes are not available, but are being developed. Volume expansion, like normal saline, is another avenue, for those who do not accept regular transfusions, like jehovah's witnesses. Hemodilution, intra-op. Blood salvage, plasmapheresis, epoetin, and fractionation of rbc, wbc, ptl, and plasma are others. ...Read more

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Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Thalasemia: If indicated -i.e. Significant symptomatic anemia - blood transfusion is given to patient with thalassemia major. Iron cheating agents should be considered if one receives multiple blood transfusion . Pls discuss further in detail with your pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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What are possible risks from multiple small incompatible blood transfusions?

What are possible risks from multiple small incompatible blood transfusions?

Irrelevant: Why would you get multiple incompatible transfusions? No self-respecting blood bank would give you even one incompatible transfusion. ...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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Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?

Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?

See below: Transfusing Blood Group A blood to a Blood Group B would be not suitable. You may consult this site for more info: https://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/bloodbank/manual/bb_chart/ ...Read more

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Donating blood vs plasma, which does more good?

Donating blood vs plasma, which does more good?

Either, red "better": While whole blood donation can help 3 people (red blood cells, plasma, platelets), plasma can be used in different ways to help as well + can be donated more frequently than the 56-day wait w/whole blood. We need more regular donors of both, so go for it! ...Read more

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No blood transfusion hip surgery is there any doctors/hospitals doing hip replacement surgery without blood transfusions

No blood transfusion hip surgery is there any doctors/hospitals doing hip replacement surgery without blood transfusions

Let me explain: There are many surgeon how dose auto transfusion. Take blood form you before the surgery and give to you if you need it. Another method to filter the blood which come from you, during the surgery and give back to you. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Are blood transfusions after delivery be safe for someone with alpha thalassemia trait?

Safe if necessary: Blood transfusions are given only when necessary especially in the younger population or blood disorders. Transfusions are necessary for major bleeding resulting in shock, low blood pressures, or continued blood loss. All transfusions are screened and safe but there is always a 1-3% risk of a clerical error. Pts. With blood disorders face increased risk of blood transfusion reactions. ...Read more

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Are there risks with a maxalon infusion?

Are there risks with a maxalon infusion?

Tardive dyskinesia: The major risk is tardive dyskinesia. This is a disorder of involuntary movements, especially in the face. ...Read more

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What are the long-term health effects of blood group incompatibility (rh or ABO problems) post transfusion?

What are the long-term health effects of blood group incompatibility (rh or ABO problems) post transfusion?

Only Rh: If there is no immediate adverse reaction to ABO incompatible transfusion, there are no long term effects. For Rh mismatch, it could result in developing antibody to Rh that would cause transfusion reactions in the future if given Rh positive blood to a Rh negative person if s/he received Rh positive blood. It could also put the Rh positive fetus of the Rh negative woman at risk. ...Read more

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How safe are blood transfusions?

How safe are blood transfusions?

Relatively: The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; the vast majority of folks recover. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly comon. Blood is screened for the deadly infections including hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk -- monitored carefully -- is extremely low. ...Read more

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What are ab positive blood types advantages and disadvantages?

What are ab positive blood types advantages and disadvantages?

None: Your blood type (abo group, rh group) offers no real advantage or disadvantage. There are pages that will offer advice for particular blood types; this is just a scam. Type ab+ can take red cells from any ABO and rh type but might do best with plasma from other ab donors. ...Read more

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Which blood types are best for plasma donation?

ALL of them: It takes all types to be able to provide for all patients. Plasma donation is the most "fun" since you get to watch the pheresis machine work as most of the tubing is external (platelet pheresis setups are often more internal, but not always). Have fun watching the process of saving a life! ...Read more

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If a patient loses 50ml of blood during surgery, would that require a blood transfusion? How much blood loss must occur to require a blood transfusion

If a patient loses 50ml of blood during surgery, would that require a blood transfusion? How much blood loss must occur to require a blood transfusion

Generally, No: However, it all depends on what the patient's hemoglobin/hematocrit was prior to surgery. If the patient was already anemic and was losing blood fast, then perhaps the anesthesiologist would order a unit of blood. Whether or not a transfusion is necessary depends on the individual's hemoglobin/hematocrit level more than how much blood is lost. Some people have a lot to spare, and others none. ...Read more

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Are there good alternatives to warfarin (coumadin) for blood thinning?

Are there good alternatives to warfarin (coumadin) for blood thinning?

Depends: Depends on what condition you are taking it for. For a. Fib for example there is Pradaxa and few other medications. ...Read more

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