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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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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more


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Can a baby get HIV from breastfeeding from woman who got blood transfusion after delivery?

Can a baby get HIV from breastfeeding from woman who got blood transfusion after delivery?

No: If you are in the United States, the blood you were transfused is safe and free of HIV and any other infectious agents. You and your infant are safe. ...Read more

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What will happen to a person after receiving a blood from a donor with colds during the donation?

What will happen to a person after receiving a blood from a donor with colds during the donation?

Depends: Probably nothing if your immune system is strong and functioning and if you have immunity to the particular virus or bacteria. Otherwise you might suffer the symptoms of the infections. ...Read more

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How can Eprex help reduce my need for a blood transfusion? I'm always experienced haemorragia because my anticoagulant and need routine transfusion...

How can Eprex help reduce my need for a blood transfusion? I'm always experienced haemorragia because my anticoagulant and need routine transfusion...

Helps make RBCs: Eprex is a synthetic erythropoeitin, a hormone that your body produces to signal your bone marrow to produce red blood cells (RBCs). So by taking Eprex, your bone marrow will produce MORE blood so that you may not need a blood transfusion. It is useful in people that are not bleeding rapidly, so if your bone marrow cannot keep up with your rate of blood loss, you may still need a transfusion. ...Read more

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Can a blood transfusion from a healthy patient help a patient with sever rheumatoid arthritis? And is anyone trying to do blood transfusions for this?

Can a blood transfusion from a healthy patient help a patient with sever rheumatoid arthritis? And is anyone trying to do blood transfusions for this?

Highly unlikely.: This is unlikely to help a rheumatoid arthritis patient, unless they also have severe anemia/blood loss. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that is characterized by inflammation of joints due to many immunologically mediated processes that transfusion would likely aggravate rather than alleviate. Plasmapheresis might help this as it would remove things like rheumatoid factor but is not done. ...Read more

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How long can you keep getting blood transfusions from one person?

How long can you keep getting blood transfusions from one person?

Indeterminate: This is a fantastic question. Essentially, getting a transfusion from a single donor depends on at least two factors. First, the donor must be healthy enough to actively donate his/her blood over time. A healthy adult can give blood about every 2 months. Second, compatibility goes beyond simple ABO groups and the recipient can develop antibodies to a donor. This will limit further transfusions. ...Read more

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Can someone get a disease from a needle stick that caused them to bleed from a needle that was used while giving iron shots to newborn baby pigs?

Can someone get a disease from a needle stick that caused them to bleed from a needle that was used while giving iron shots to newborn baby pigs?

Unlikely: But doubt that this has ever been the subject of a detailed scientific investigation. If you develop any suspicious symptoms would take this history with you to the doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I will need a blood transfusion after delivery?

Fortunately it is : Not common. There can be severe uterine bleeding after delivery. Unlikely that you would lose enough blood from a "tear" to need a transfusion. As long as the bleeding is quickly controlled the team would try to avoid transfusion in an otherwise healthy mom. ...Read more

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

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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Mom got a blood clot in the leg; will she need a operation?

Mom got a blood clot in the leg; will she need a operation?

It depends: If someone gets a blood clot high up in the leg near the hip, then an attempt might be made at removing the clot with a procedure that breaks up and dissoves the clot. It the clot is lower in the leg, we generally will just give blood thinners and use compression stockings. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a person live if he is suffering from blood cancer from past 5 months?

See your oncologist: No one can answer your question in this forum. You need to have a candid conversation between the patient and the oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can blood stored from a newborn umbilical cord be used in a blood transfusion for his cousin?

Can blood stored from a newborn umbilical cord be used in a blood transfusion for his cousin?

Not rally: Cord blood is kept for the aquisition of stem cells. It is easy to find matching packed rbcs from the general pool for his cousin. ...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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I will be getting blood transfusions for leukemia. I am scared to death. What can I expect from a blood transfusion?

I will be getting blood transfusions for leukemia. I am scared to death. What can I expect from a blood transfusion?

Leukemia means your: Marrow has been hijacked by cells that crowd out normal products produced there: red cells, white cells and platelets. Treatment aims at destroying the bad guys, but you may need transfusions of any or all of the healthy cells until your normal marrow function is restored. There are transfusion reactions, but usually a lot less scary than leukemia and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Im writing a story where the main character lost a lot of blood and i was wondering how much blood would be needed for a blood transfusion.

How much loss?: Did the character lose the blood through profuse bleeding or a slow leak? If profuse sudden blood loss occurred, loss of about a liter of blood would warrant transfusion, but not necessarily of blood, it could be saline or plasma. If the hemoglobin falls below 7 gm/dL, then red cell transfusion would be warranted. For that much drop in hemoglobin, he would have to lose about half his blood. ...Read more

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What chances does a person suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure have of loosing sight forever?Advice on what to do to assist improvement

Control: Hi. First off, you don't have to "suffer" from diabetes. I've had type 1 for 40 years, and have great life without "suffering". You might feel better if you get over that "I'm suffering" attitude. So, the key points are: 1) tight diabetes control (A1c in the 6's), and tight blood pressure control ( ...Read more

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How much blood can safely be drawn from an infant?

How much blood can safely be drawn from an infant?

Not exactly sure: Not sure why exactly you are asking this question, but routine blood testing and blood draws that a doctor may order will not deplete the newborn to any point of harm. ...Read more

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How long is banked blood cells going to last after you get the transfusion?

How long is banked blood cells going to last after you get the transfusion?

Average 3 months.: "most relevant studies show that approximately 20% of the rbcs are lost in the first 24 hr after transfusion. The average life span is 94 days after a storage period of 42-49 days." this can be much shorter depending on the underlying medical condition that may cause ongoing hemolysis. Ref: cell mol biol (noisy-le-grand). 2004 mar;50(2):197-203. Survival of the fittest? ...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