I have been trying to find a clearer answer to my question. I am a new nurse and new to transfusing blood. I know to get the blood in within four hour time period, vitals, priming, etc... My question has to do with rate and size of the patient's IV. I know that preferably we want and 18 or 16 gauge but unfortunately I end up with 22 gauges. I know about watching for first 15 minute blood reactions also. Just safe rate and patient IV size.
1. Patient IV #18, #20, #22?
2. How fast is too fast?