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Signed up for phlebotomy classes. Would patient care technician or dialysis be better?

Dr. Ted King Dr. King
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Signed up for phlebotomy classes. Would patient care technician or dialysis be better?

Up to you: It all depends on where your interests lie and what you like to do best. The only person who can really answer your question for you is you. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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How much can hospitals charge for blood transfusions?

How much can hospitals charge for blood transfusions?

$$$: The cost of obtaining, processing, doing perhaps 20 high-power dna tests for safety, typing, storing, transporting, and testing is enormous even for a single unit. We pathologists run the blood bank, and there's a saying that we're the only business people in a town who work hard to reduce demand for our product. It's costly, but rightly used, lifesaving. Health and friendship. ...Read more

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Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to jehovah witness patient.?

Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to jehovah witness patient.?

Life Saving: Even though it may be life saving, most jehovah witnesses will still not allow the use of human products. Some may agree to the use of a cell saver or saving one's own blood for later use, when time allows. But in an emergency, it comes down to faith and personal belief. A personal choice should always trump medical decisions, regardless of possible outcome. ...Read more

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Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Probably not, but...: How do you know they are fictional? I don't think any false advertisement is ethical, but there is definitely a need for blood donors for everyone from cancer patients to dialysis patients to trauma patients. So thanks for donating! ...Read more

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What type of dialysis access procedure would be necessary for peritoneal dialysis?

What type of dialysis access procedure would be necessary for peritoneal dialysis?

PD cath: A peritoneal catheter is introduced in the lower abdomen to allow for introduction of fluids in and out. ...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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Are there any diaylsis units that cater for neonate peritoneal dialysis?

Are there any diaylsis units that cater for neonate peritoneal dialysis?

Not typically: Pd is typically done in the neonatal intensive care unit until volumes are great enough, and a baby healthy enough to be done home. ...Read more

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Formula for cardiac output via fick test using blood gases and hgb work in critical care?

Formula for cardiac output  via fick test using blood gases and hgb work in critical care?

Fick Cardiac Output: Cardiac ouput = vo2/13.4 x hb x(sao2 - svo2) vo2 = o2 consumption (~ 250 cc/min in healthy individual) hb = hemoglobin sao2 = arterial oxygen saturation svo2= venous oxygen saturation. ...Read more

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Could they give blood transfusions to stroke patients when first receiving emergency care?

Could they give blood transfusions to stroke patients when first receiving emergency care?

Perhaps: Blood transfusions may be needed with severe anemias, or active bleeding, and may be required in some complex co-morbidities associated with stroke, but the more common infusion is t-pa, thromboplastin activator to reverse the stroke. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Removes antibodies: Plasma exchange or plasmapheresis is designed to remove antibodies (proteins) from the plasma fraction of the blood, which is then replaced with other plasma or albumin. It is done when the recipient has antibodies targeting the hla antigens in the donor. It may be done before or after the transplant; and is useful to prevent or treat rejections. ...Read more

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In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

Not recommended: Red Cross and many facilities in US will not accept products from pay-for-donate locations. This is due to the concern that a potential donor might not be totally honest in the history questions if seeking $$ and this could contaminate the blood supply. Volunteer donors have no motivation to not provide direct answers. ...Read more

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How to perform venipuncture from renal dialysis patient?

Venipuncture: It depends on the reason for the labs and the dialysis access the patient has. Most often, labs are draw during dialysis from the machine. If a fistula or graft is being used and labs are drawn outside of dialysis, its best to use the arm without the access. ...Read more

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How many patient lost their lives due to early discharged from icu / hdu? Is it a policy of hospital for patient re-admission & double earning?

How many patient lost their lives due to early discharged from icu / hdu? Is it a  policy of hospital for patient re-admission & double earning?

Inappropriate: This is not appropriate care, no; however, this question is more of a troll question, and i doubt you seriously expect any sort of medical advice for an answer. If you have legal issues with malpractice, you need to seek a lawyer; this forum is not appropriate for it. ...Read more

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Does 10.3 hemoglobin need to be warded with blood transfusion?

Does 10.3 hemoglobin need to be warded with blood transfusion?

Not necessarily: There is more to needing a blood transfusion than just the HGB level. The cause of low HGB is most mportant as well as the rate of decline. More information would be needed to address your particular problem. ...Read more

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How can a sickle cell patient limit hospital visits?

How can a sickle cell patient limit hospital visits?

Avoid extremes: At times it is unavoidable, but few things you can do to reduce the risk/chance--always stay well hydrated. Avoid extraneous activities, excessive heat/cold, minimize alcohol use, don't smoke/use drugs, get vaccinated for pneumonia/flu etc...And see your primary doc on a regular basis for check-ups etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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What would be the average years for hemodialysis patient to receive dialysis?

What would be the average years for hemodialysis patient to receive dialysis?

Depends: If your not a transplant candidate and depending on what other ailments they have the person may be on dialysis for the rest of their lives. ...Read more

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Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Not likely: The amount of thc in blood or blood products is not likely to cause a positive urine test. You are more likely to get a positive test from exposure to second hand marijuana smoke. ...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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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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My HB is 8.6. Do I need a blood transfusion?

My HB is 8.6. Do I need a blood transfusion?

You need a WORKUP: If you can go about your daily business, you don't need to be transfused, but I am VERY concerned that you have an unexplained anemia. Even at your age, it's a bleeding stomach ulcer or GI cancer until proved otherwise. Your physician needs to take a good history, including pregnancies / monthly loss. If you're a vegetarian and not supplementing, you'll need to start. Look for treatable disease. ...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?

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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Why would someone need a complete blood transfusion?

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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Could you tell me what are requirements for blood transfusion?

Could you tell me what are requirements for 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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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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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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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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How painful are blood transfusions?

How painful are blood transfusions?

Not painful: The actual transfusion of blood is painless. Having an IV placed, and of course the condition that requires you to need blood can be uncomfortable. ...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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What are the complications from blood transfusions?

What are the complications from blood transfusions?

Potentially many: Though there are potentially many complictions thankfully the rate of complications is low. These can include reactions such as fevers, chills, allergic reactions to serious reactions such as hemolysis (blood destruction), infections (viruses, bacteria). ...Read more

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If you have pneumonia would you need a blood transfusion?

Unlikely: It would be rare for pneumonia to cause anemia severe enough to require transfusion. The only exception would be in a hospitalized patient who was sick with pneumonia for a long period of time. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusions causes strokes?

Can blood transfusions causes strokes?

There: Are reports in the medical literature suggesting increased risk of stroke and heart attack in patients receiving transfusions perioperatively. This is a complex issue beyond scope of this site. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Also talk to hematologist if needed. ...Read more

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Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Yes: Babies will only be given blood from cmv-negative donors to prevent this transmission. ...Read more

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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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Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

No.: It's very unlikely. First the donor, who appears completely healthy, would have to have cancer cells in their blood, such as with leukemia, and not know it. The donated unit must pass the all the lab tests. Finally the donor and the recipient would have to be a tissue match, not just have compatible blood. The odds there are less than 1 in 10, 000 if the blood is not from a relative. ...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