Oncology & blood transfusions

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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    Thanks for your reply!
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    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.
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    With my onco kiddies we transfuse for hgb less than 70 and platelets less than 10
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    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
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    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.
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    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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