Low Blood Count

  1. Just to see if this can be beaten.

    What is the lowest H&H you have seen.
    Mine was last night. Hg 3.1, Hct 9.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Janlynn
    How scary--what was the situation for why it got so low?

    I myself hemmorraged with a miscarriage a few years ago--my hg was 4.7 or something like that. Needless to say I went into shock a few times before given 4 units (I think? It was all a blur)and rushed to surgery. It's kind of sad now that I can't donate blood any longer--plus when I got pregnant again I delveloped some weird antibody and had to have my titers checked every week.
  4. by   BJLynn
    Hg 2.9 Hct 7.4

    That was my mom when I took her into the ER the week before Thankgsgiving. She was still walking upright and talking....barely. And before they got the lab reports back the staff was wondering why I was acting like a rabid family member "insisting" that she get treatment for a "heavy period" NOW. She ended up with a D&C, Lots of NS, and three units of packed cells.
  5. by   nialloh
    Quote from Janlynn
    How scary--what was the situation for why it got so low?

    I myself hemmorraged with a miscarriage a few years ago--my hg was 4.7 or something like that. Needless to say I went into shock a few times before given 4 units (I think? It was all a blur)and rushed to surgery. It's kind of sad now that I can't donate blood any longer--plus when I got pregnant again I delveloped some weird antibody and had to have my titers checked every week.
    We don't know yet. I was charge, so I didn't have hands on with the pt. Stool for OB was neg. She got 4 units and was up to 10.4. She has psych issues, so can't give a stright answer.

    BTW :- I'm glad you were ok yourself.
  6. by   MsShanRN
    I am actually a Med Tech who works Blood Bank and changing to a nursing career and I worked all night one night crossmatching units for a patient with an H&H of 1 and 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sc
  7. by   BJLynn
    Quote from sc1973
    I am actually a Med Tech who works Blood Bank and changing to a nursing career and I worked all night one night crossmatching units for a patient with an H&H of 1 and 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sc
    Wow. That's all. Just Wow.
  8. by   annmariern
    i had an elderly malnourished lady with an Hb of 1, forget the crit; appear from being whiter than the sheets, she was alert. Had med students coming in to gawk at her as no-one could believe she could be alive with an hb that low.
  9. by   nialloh
    Quote from annmariern
    i had an elderly malnourished lady with an Hb of 1, forget the crit; appear from being whiter than the sheets, she was alert. Had med students coming in to gawk at her as no-one could believe she could be alive with an hb that low.

    Every time I think we have reached a lethal level I get another supprise. I wasn't really expecting to be beaten by much.
    Last edit by nialloh on Dec 18, '06 : Reason: Bad Spelling
  10. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Many years ago I worked for a group of Onclogists,..we gave chemo in the office,..many pts were as low as Hgb1 ,..walking, talking,...it's amazing how the human body can learn to adapt!
  11. by   AfloydRN
    ONC patients labs are always out of whack. My Dad is a CA patient and, when on TX, had a WBC count of 0.5. H and H were of course low- 4.2 and 9 but it is still workable.Scary, though

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