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What Is The Rationale For Administering A Blood Transfusion
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: This depends on what your starting blood counts are, what your underlying medical comorbidities(ailments) are, and how your body is responding to blood loss. For some people, it may be many mLs, for others, particularly if they've had ongoing blood loss prior to the surgery, it may be after only a small amount(as in less than 200 mLs). ...Read more
After surgery I was told that my blood was "given back to me". What does this mean? Was my blood recycled or a blood transfusion administered?
Recycled: There's a machine that does this. It does return blood to your vasculature. ...Read more
Assess each case: Generally, a hemoglobin less than 8.0 gm/dl will require a transfusion if the patient is symptomatic (shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, etc.). However, each case has to be assessed individually regarding need for transfusion. Patients with chronic anemia will acclimate to their condition and may not need transfusions as acutely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Decreased oxygen lev: This is a clinical decision since patients with symptoms of hypoxemia(low oxygen) most likely will not improve until their oxygen carryin capacity (red blood cells and hemoglobin) are increased to support the normal function of the body. In cases of acute bleeding of 2 or more liters of blood, the patient most likely will need a transfusion (our body has 4-6 liters of blood or 10 pints). ...Read more
It deoends: It depends what you need for? For example some people need it because they are bleeding from some were, if the bleeding continues they have to give blood transfusion tell the bleeding stop and your blood level get high enough to support your system. That could one time or 10 times. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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