Quote from Vicki_RN
Does anybody give any other medications simultaneously via the same IV when transfusing blood? The American Assoc of Blood Banks has a statement that says not to administer dextrose, lactated Ringer's or hypotonic saline simultaneously via the same IV as the transfusion, which leads one to believe that there are other solutions (i.e. antibiotics) that may be appropriate (otherwise, I think they would say that NO other solutions are allowed to be administered simultaneously). Just wondering if your transfusion policy allows for blood to be given with anything else via the same IV or lumen.
It is NOT appropriate to hang blood with anything
except NSS. No other antibiotics, nor a different type of IV Fluid beside saline should be hung.
For proof, Check out the AABB website. (www.aabb.org
) and look under "Circular of Information" and then Instructions for whole blood and all products.
# 6 on pg #7 says, No medications or solutions may be added to, or infused thru the same tubing as blood or blood comonenets except Normal Saline.
You do not want to run the risk of:
1. Damaging the Blood Cells
3. Increasing chance for bacterial contamination
Hope this helps!