Washed RBC Transfusions

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    I'm working on a case study for a patient presenting with AIDS. Under medical orders it says to transfuse 2U of washed RBCs. It then asks to list three complications that the nurse should observe in a patient receiving this blood product.
    I know about the blood transfusion reactions, but I can't find anything in my book on WASHED RBCs and I'm not having much luck online either. Will washed RBCs make a person more at risk for certain transfusion reactions? would it particularly affect a person with the AIDS virus more so than a non-immunocompromised patient?

    I would appreciate any insight.

    His labs given were:
    WBC's: 2,100
    HgB: 6 g/dL
    Hct: 15%
    Sed Rate: 28 mm/hr
    BUN: 68 meq/L

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    Quote from Lulu222
    I'm working on a case study for a patient presenting with AIDS. Under medical orders it says to transfuse 2U of washed RBCs. It then asks to list three complications that the nurse should observe in a patient receiving this blood product.
    I know about the blood transfusion reactions, but I can't find anything in my book on WASHED RBCs and I'm not having much luck online either. Will washed RBCs make a person more at risk for certain transfusion reactions? would it particularly affect a person with the AIDS virus more so than a non-immunocompromised patient?

    I would appreciate any insight.

    His labs given were:
    WBC's: 2,100
    HgB: 6 g/dL
    Hct: 15%
    Sed Rate: 28 mm/hr
    BUN: 68 meq/L
    Washed RBC's refers to a unit of packed cells which are "washed " in the lab. This is often done for those with reoccurant or severe allergen reactions to the PRBC's. The blood is washed with saline and then must be given within 24 hours of washing.

    Hope this helps


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