Volume in 1 unit of blood?

  1. 0 Can anyone tell me? I assume it is standard. thanks in advance!
  2. Enjoy this?

    Join thousands and get our weekly Nursing Insights newsletter with the hottest discussions, articles, and toons.

  3. Tags
    Visit  RNinRubySlippers profile page

    About RNinRubySlippers

    From 'B.C. Canada'; Joined Dec '02; Posts: 274; Likes: 4.

    12 Comments so far...

  4. Visit  Nightcrawler profile page
    0
    Actually I have seen quite a bit of fluctuation. It all has to do with how full the unit bag is. I have seen units with as little as 300cc's, and others that have nearly 400.
  5. Visit  sharann profile page
    0
    Average we see in PRBC's is 350cc's, but I always double check!(and so does another nurse per policy)
  6. Visit  ZASHAGALKA profile page
    0
    We average and say a unit is 350ml.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  7. Visit  sabRN2b05 profile page
    0
    Volume at our hospital is 350ml
  8. Visit  EricJRN profile page
    0
    Depends on whether you're talking about whole blood or PRBC's (or something else). A blood donor gives usually between 450-500 mL of whole blood at the collection site, depending on the site's SOP, the donor's size, and the speed of the collection (may be a little light if the flow is too slow or stops). In the lab, they usually separate the components and you end up with 300-350 mL of red cells usually, as the other posters stated. Hardly anyone gives whole blood anymore.
  9. Visit  WOLFE profile page
    0
    [font=lucida sans unicode] at my facility a volume of prbc's equals 250ml
  10. Visit  catlady profile page
    0
    The blood bank in our hospital always marked the volume on each unit.
  11. Visit  caroladybelle profile page
    0
    Actually it is not standard for any category of cells. It varies according to whether the donation may have been cut short due to problems, and due to the amount of excess fluid removed. And since, we rarely give whole blood (except in "the field" where measurement would be difficult, it depends on amounts removed due to leukoreduction, and removal of plasma for FFP. In addition, though plasma pheresis is preferred for transfusion, there are still places that use random donor, which is removed from the RBCs.

    An average PRBC unit is 275-475mLs. Some hospitals, have volume depleted units for use with patients that have fluid status issues...more of the excess fluid has been removed. Also, patients that require blood run very slowly, and the units are divided.

    Platelets - one unit pheresis (single donor) - anywhere from 175mL - 500mL. If 500mL, then it usually is in two bags. Platelets from random donors vary even more widely.

    FFP - 200mL to 400mL.

    Granulocytes - usually 225mL to 400mL
  12. Visit  nursemary9 profile page
    0
    Hi

    Bags vary. I just finished running the second unit of PRBC's on a pt. It contained 278 ml blood; The first unit had over 400l ml..

    It is marked on our bags how much is in them.

    Mary Ann
  13. Visit  GIJay profile page
    0
    Quote from nursemary9
    Hi

    Bags vary. I just finished running the second unit of PRBC's on a pt. It contained 278 ml blood; The first unit had over 400l ml..

    It is marked on our bags how much is in them.

    Mary Ann

    :yeahthat: At my hospital it is marked on the bag how much is in it.
  14. Visit  Judee Smudee profile page
    0
    Don't they add additional fluid in the lab sometimes for preservation purposes? Someone once told me that but I don't know for sure. I think they also add a perservative chemical.
  15. Visit  ICRN2008 profile page
    0
    Quote from Judee Smudee
    Don't they add additional fluid in the lab sometimes for preservation purposes? Someone once told me that but I don't know for sure. I think they also add a perservative chemical.
    You are correct. The most commonly used anticoagulant/preservative is CPDA-1, which contains citrate, phosphate, dextrose, and adenine. This extends the shelf-life of a unit of PRBCs to approx. 120 days.


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

Top