Why is normal saline the only solution used for blood transfusions(PRBC's)?

  1. 0 Why is normal saline the only solution used for blood transfusions? How come lactated ringers or Normosol-R cannot be use with packed red cells. This is the practice at my hospital, let me know if you have seen different and why. Thanks.
  2. Visit  fedewa0627 profile page

    About fedewa0627

    Joined Feb '07; Posts: 6.

    6 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  NurseyBaby'05 profile page
    The contents of the other solutions will cause the cells to hemolyze.
  4. Visit  fedewa0627 profile page
    Thanks, if possible could you post a site where I can find that information.
  5. Visit  meandragonbrett profile page
    Do a google search and you'll likely come up with your information.
  6. Visit  Alexsys profile page
    Here is a good site to start with

  7. Visit  Jhen profile page
    because it is an isotonic solution
  8. Visit  noggin_wise profile page
    The main reason you cannot utilize LR because the calcium in the LR will bind to the citrate in the blood and cause clumping of the RBCs this is also why you give 1gram of calcium after every 4 transfusions, becuase the citrate that is infused will bind to calcium in the body. Tonicity plays a role but a minor role as upposed to calcium.

Must Read Topics

Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and find your dream job.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors