RATIONAL FOR FIVE (5) BLOOD TRANSFUSION PRECAUTIONS

 

Blood transfusion is a common nursing activity. Due to the numerous risks associated with it, a lot of precautionary measures have been set in place to ensure safe delivery.

Today, we will take a moment to RECAP the rational for Β five(5) of these measures.

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Why should I avoid Dextrose Solutions during blood transfusions?
Dextrose may destroy RBC in blood or decrease it survival in the body

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Why should I NOT use a normal Given Set for blood transfusion but a tube with a filtration chamber?

Blood may contain cellular debris which need to be filtered.

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Why should I avoid Ringers Lactate during blood transfusion?

The calcium contained in R/L may cause blood clotting

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Why should I NOT use one (1) blood delivery tube (Given Set for blood) for more than 6hours?

Microbial growth may increase within the tubing when hanged for over 6hours.

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Why do we sometimes give furosemide (lasix) before blood transfusion?

To prevent possible fluid overload

By Assandoh De Nurse
10/08/2017

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