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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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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


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Can a nurse practitioner administer a blood transfusion ?

Can a nurse practitioner administer a blood transfusion ?

Blood transfusion: Any nurse, whether an rn or np, is qualified to give blood. An np is also qualified to order a blood transfusion as long as she is following a protocol set up by the monitoring physician. ...Read more

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How much blood must be lost during a surgery in order for a blood transfusion to be administered?

How much blood must be lost during a surgery in order for a blood transfusion to be administered?

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

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What is the average hemocrit limit where blood transfusions are likely to be administered?

What is the average hemocrit limit where blood transfusions are likely to be administered?

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 more

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How safe is a blood transfusion?

Very safe: Blood donors are screened for diseases and medications. Blood products are screened for infectios agents, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Blood banks store blood for a limited period of time only. ...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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How can blood transfusion help in :-?

How can blood transfusion help in :-?

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

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Can blood transfusion change behavior?

Can blood transfusion change behavior?

What do you mean?: An you elaborate? In general, no, it can't. ...Read more

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How often do I need a blood transfusion

How often do I need a blood transfusion

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 more

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How does a white blood transfusion work?

How does a white blood transfusion work?

Rare: It is rare to have a white blood cell transfusion. White blood cells only live in the blood stream for a few hours and transfusions of white blood cells are more likely to cause fever. If you have low white blood cells, you are usually given a medication that stimulates production of white blood cells by your bone marrow. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for a blood transfusion?

How do I prepare for a blood transfusion?

Recently eaten: Make sure you don't have an infection currently and eat as normal. Don't go in starving; otherwise, you may faint. There are other medical issues that could preclude you from donating but this will be discussed with you at the pre-donation screening interview. ...Read more

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What are risks now from blood transfusion?

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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How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

How can a body reject a blood transfusion?

Antibodies: Antibodies are produced by the body to defend against "foreign" substances, such as bacteria, viruses or cells from another person and generally circulate in the blood. If transfused red blood cells have structures on their surface that are different than those on your own red cells, the body may unleash this army of antibodies to attack and kill transfused cells. ...Read more

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Which illnesses require blood transfusion?

Which illnesses require 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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Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

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

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Need i get tested after a blood transfusion?

Need i get tested after a blood transfusion?

Maybe : The only test the physician may want is a CBC to follow the level of hemoglobin after the transfusion. Or if the patient develops a possible reaction due to the transfusion itself, like hemolysis or bacterial contamination. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a blood transfusion?

What are the benefits of a blood transfusion?

Treat anemia: People with significant anemia (low red blood cell count) have a reduced ability to deliver oxygen to the brain and other organs of the body. Correcting anemia with a blood transfusion can improve the symptoms of anemia such as fatigue and dizziness, and in more serious cases can be life-saving. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

65 death in 2012: 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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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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