Blood vs NS Question - page 2

When would you give blood to a trauma patient instead of NS or LR? What are the indications? For blood is it just when there's a low RBC count? I know you sometimes mix them, I think in a 1:3 ratio,... Read More

  1. by   traumamedic
    Excellent, you answered everything I was asking about. Thanks.
  2. by   maturner
    Quote from taidan
    I agree the intravascular fluid shift may be fairly temporary but, especially pre hospitaly when Blood products and rapid transfusers aren't always available the extra fluid can usually keep a patient alive untill defintive care, oftentimes from my exp. not possible with vanilla LR or NS
    Agreed, if your patient is having a bad day, you do what it takes.
  3. by   KRVRN
    Ok, clearly showing my lack of ER knowledge here... what is vanilla LR?
  4. by   taidan
    Quote from KRVRN
    Ok, clearly showing my lack of ER knowledge here... what is vanilla LR?
    lol I just meant normal Ringers With nothing added

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