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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Overview)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or packed red blood cells.


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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

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
317 doctors shared insights

Transfusions (Overview)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or packed red blood cells.


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Is 8 transfusion able.

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Need context: Not sure what this question is. If the question is about a hemoglobin level of 8, then no; usually, transfusion goals are around 8, with a tranfusion threshold level of under 7. Transfusing higher than this offers no benefit, and has its own (sometimes severe) risks associated. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Where do I go to get a transfusion done?

Hospital or center: Transfusions need to be done in a hospital or transfusion/chemotherapy centers because they require testing of your blood beforehand to determine a match for your blood. Also, you should be monitored during transfusion for any reactions. ...Read more

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Hmb dropped to 8. do I need transfusion?

Maybe: If this is a chronic problem and iron has been taken a the diet is good and no improvement then a cause should be look for such as low grade bleeding. At a Hgb of 8 this is borderline and could cause minor cardiac problems due to lack of tissue oxygenation at which time transfusion might be considered. Below 8 is a definite indication for transfusion ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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How do they know if you need transfusion?

How do they know if you need transfusion?

If you lost blood.: Transfusion is reserved for cases where blood is lost and needs to be replaced. Patients can do this before surgery by autologous transfusion, where blood donated from a patient is returned during surgery, or in anemic or emergent cases, like trauma victims. These patients have lost blood and need blood fast, and are often in shock, so the best way is to give them type matched blood. ...Read more

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What are some possible transfusion reactions?

What are some possible transfusion reactions?

Fever, itching, TACO: 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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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What causes and what are symptoms of transfusion reactions?

What causes and what are symptoms of transfusion reactions?

Immunologic or not: Causes for transfusion reactions may be immune related or not, also they can be acute (less than 24 hours) or delayed. These are some: hemolytic; febrile, non-hemolytic; bacterial contamination (septic shock); anaphylaxis; transfusion-related acute lung injury (trali); transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco); graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd); iron overload; infections. ...Read more

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