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When are blood transfusions needed?

When are blood transfusions needed?

Acute or chronic?: Blood transfusions are needed for various reasons, including anemia, acute blood loss from injury, internal bleeding, rectal bleeding, blood in your urine, etc. It depends on how low the blood count (hemoglobin) is and how quickly the hemoglobin has dropped. There is professional debate on the exact number (of hemoglobin) for when to transfuse blood. ...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


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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

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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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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 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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Could one die from recieving a blood transfusion?

Could one die from recieving a blood transfusion?

Transfusion Reaction: A severe transfusion reaction (such as hemolytic transfusion reaction) could potential cause death (especially if not caught early and treated appropriately). ...Read more

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Why would someone need a complete blood transfusion?

Why would someone need a complete blood transfusion?

I guess becuase the : Incomplete transfusion didn't work. In all seriousness I am not sure of the question. If you wan to know when would "whole blood" be used for transfusion, the answer is never with modern blood banking. If you are asking when would a red blood cell exchange transfusion be done, a good example would be in a sickle cell anemia patient before a major operation. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are requirements for blood transfusion?

Could you tell me what are requirements for 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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Are blood transfusions safe?

Are blood transfusions safe?

Almost risk free: Alexis, i would have to say that blood transfusions are safe but not entirely risk free. Those that donate blood are given a rigorous questionaire, and physically examined. Then the blood removed is tested for all types of infectious disease agents including hepatitis and hiv. The unit is then processed, stored under strict federal guidelines, and tested again before you receive the unit. ...Read more

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How safe are blood transfusions?

How safe are blood transfusions?

Relatively: The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; the vast majority of folks recover. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly comon. Blood is screened for the deadly infections including hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk -- monitored carefully -- is extremely low. ...Read more