Blood Transfusion Mrs Jones is a 78-year-old lady, who has arrived via the emergency department on Sunday 0800 after falling at home
Mrs Jones is a 78-year-old lady, who has arrived via the emergency department on Sunday 0800 after falling at home and fracturing her femur, on admission IV therapy was commenced at 1000mls over 12hrs. She is scheduled for surgery on Monday morning. Pathology indicated that her haemoglobin level was 5.7g/dL, and she has been prescribed a transfusion of 1 units of packed red blood cells (PRBC). You assist the RN in preparing for Mrs Jones’ transfusion.
- Explain the rationale for administering a blood transfusion to this patient. (min 50 words)
- Describe the potential complications of blood transfusion including what you would do if the patient experienced a potential delayed reaction (min 50 words)
- What education would you provide to Mrs Jones to increase her awareness of the symptoms of a transfusion reaction? (min 50 words)
- Describe how to transport store, handle check and dispose of blood and blood products safely. (min 50 words)