Blood Transfusions in 2012: Everything you Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
For patients with bone marrow failure diseases, blood transfusions can be a part of life. The challenges associated with these transfusions (and the questions raised) are quite different from questions that may come from someone receiving a one-time transfusion because of surgery or an accident. This comprehensive session will focus on answering all the questions you may have about transfusions. Some of the questions answered during this session will include the following:
- What blood types can donate blood and platelets for which blood types?
- What change in blood counts can be expected after receiving one unit of blood? After one unit of platelets?
- Why is blood sometimes stored as whole blood (with plasma), and sometimes as packed red blood cells?
- What does it mean for a patient to be alloimmunized?
- Is it good or bad for family members to donate blood for me?
- What is irradiated blood?
- Should bone marrow failure patients always get irradiated blood?
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