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Getting A Blood Transfusion
No: There may be extremly rare exceptions but a variety of reasons prevent this from happening including the careful screening of blood, the difference in the make up of individuals, the refrigerated storage of blood, use of leuko depletion to removed white blood cells, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
After 1 year: Since the blood bank cannot know which artists use proper infection-prevention techniques and which do not, there is a 12-month deferral period after getting a tattoo. If still healthy after that period (as most folks are), you are welcome to return to donating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
Depends: Not all incompatibilities result in damage. Some ABO incompatibilities may cause intravascular hemolysis and even death. Other incompatibilities may not be benign or produce a delayed extravascular hemolysis. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better to avoid : After donating you may develop more problems. Also the receptor may not get the needed constituents of your blood - the cellular part or the plasma part(rich in clotting factors which we needs in special circumstances ) . Hence it is better to avoid donating ...Read more
Stop transfusion: The first and the most important step in any suspected transfusion reaction is to stop the transfusion. If all you have is a slight fever and chills, it is likely a mild but not uncommon type of reaction that can be prevented with pre-medication. However, the hospital will check the unit of blood in the blood bank to ensure your safety first. At our hospital we do not retransfuse this unit. ...Read more
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