Question about managing a blood reinfusion system

  1. I cannot seem to find the answer to this question in any of my nursing books..

    How should a nurse manage a patient using a blood reinfusion system?
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  3. by   augigi
    The possible clinical consequences of autologous transfusion are similar to those of regular transfusions. You would check the usual things you check for a patient receiving a transfusion:

    - vital signs incl. temp and blood pressure
    - bleeding
    - Hb/Hct
    - signs of hemolysis incl. hemoglobinuria
    - rigors/chills/shivering
    - signs of acute respiratory distress
    - signs of fluid overload

    If you observed any of these signs, you'd stop the transfusion and follow hospital policy (return to blood bank, incident report etc).

    That's all I can think off the top of my head. Hope it helps. You may want to try the Infusion Nurses forum for more info.
  4. by   StudentNurseSteph
    Thank you SO much =)