Oncology & blood transfusions

  1. Just a question for oncology experts. Our ortho floor has recently had a few oncology patients. Just wondering......Do oncology patients usually get a lot of transfusions of blood or components?
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  3. by   Daliadreamer
    It REALLY depends on whether or not they are on active chemo, where they are in their regimen, and the type of ca but I guess a simple answer is YES.
  4. by   KelRN215
    More so than in other areas but it depends on a lot of things. It is not uncommon to transfuse several units of blood and platelets in a single shift for an oncology patient though.
  5. by   bsnanat2
    Thanks for your reply!
  6. by   Tobygo2
    Just tonight I had one pt get platelets and 2units of PRBCs and sometimes I have multiple patients getting transfusions. However on other shifts they may not get any! All depends on the patient's condition.
  7. by   brithoover
    With my onco kiddies we transfuse for hgb less than 70 and platelets less than 10
  8. by   edimo
    We typically transfuse it hgb is below 80 and plts 10...or if they're symptomatic or bleeding, even if they're values are above the stated parameters
  9. by   KelRN215
    Quote from brithoover
    With my onco kiddies we transfuse for hgb less than 70 and platelets less than 10
    How do you measure Hgb? Here, it's measured in g/dL, the normal range is about 12-18 and the standard oncology transfusion parameters are to transfuse PRBC for Hgb < 7. Platelets are typically transfused for < 20 unless there is an invasive procedure coming up and if so, they will transfuse for < 50.
  10. by   brithoover
    Quote from KelRN215

    How do you measure Hgb? Here, it's measured in g/dL, the normal range is about 12-18 and the standard oncology transfusion parameters are to transfuse PRBC for Hgb < 7. Platelets are typically transfused for < 20 unless there is an invasive procedure coming up and if so, they will transfuse for < 50.
    It's g/L in Canada instead of g/dL in the states. So if the hgb here is 70 g/L it's 7.0 g/dL there

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