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 five(5) of these measures.
Why should I avoid Dextrose Solutions during blood transfusions?
Dextrose may destroy RBC in blood or decrease it survival in the body
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.
Why should I avoid Ringers Lactate during blood transfusion?
The calcium contained in R/L may cause blood clotting
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.
Why do we sometimes give furosemide (lasix) before blood transfusion?
To prevent possible fluid overload
By Assandoh De Nurse