This is probably a stupid question, but I am a new nurse, so here it goes anyway.........
I am working in the ortho unit (for 2 weeks now), and we have an order from one Dr that if H&H is falling to order a SOB (Stool for Occult Blood). Now I know that decreasing H&H could mean hemorrage from ortho surgery, and when they get below 10 & 30 we notify the Dr and he usually orders a couple units of blood. But what I am trying to understand is why the SOB? I thought Stool for Occult Blood would be a GI problem, not hip or knee surgery.
Thanks for any clarifications!
Louisiananurse if i might ask, how do your docs get by with giving transfusions at 10? Ours have to be below 7 if not symptomatic and if symptomatic the docs may give 1 unit but dont unless it is under 8 and symptomatic. Maybe a state thing?
Duh,, sorry we transfuse under 8.
Last edit by meownsmile on Sep 12, '06