calcium gluconate after BT

  1. hi.. i just wanna ask the rationale of giving calcium gluconate after blood transfusion... thanks!
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  3. by   kathykaye
    correct me if im wrong...

    it's because each unit of blood contains citrate. it acts as a chelating agent and anti coagulant, thus cause hypocalcemia.

    another, it will prevent citrate toxicity because the liver metabolizes this slowly. each unit may contain about 3g of citrate.

    am i right?

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