Blood Transfusion nursing lecture

Blood Transfusion
Definition of Blood Transfusion:
Introduction of whole blood, or components of blood (e.g. Plasma, erythrocytes) into the venous circulation.PURPOSES OF A BLOOD TRANSFUSION:
– To restore blood volume after hemorrhage/loss during surgery or trauma.
– Restore capacity of the blood to store O2
– Provide plasma factors to aid in clotting  e.g. Fresh frozen plasma.
– Human RBCs have antigens and plasma has     antibodies that can cause transfused blood     to agglutinate or clot, which can be fatal.
E.g. Blood group A has anti B antibodies – if the client is given B type blood his antibodies will stick to the antigen receptors on the transfused blood – causing them to agglutinate or stick together causing severe reaction. Both antigens make AB
– Neither antigen makes O
– To avoid incompatibility we TYPE AND CROSSMATCH the blood sample of donor and recipient to get a compatable match.
– Type AB – UNIVERSAL RECIPIENT (No Anti A or Anti B antibodies)
Risks and Complications of Giving a Blood Transfusion:

a. Hemolytic Reaction
     Occurs when blood is incompatable.
Can happen quickly.
Symptoms include: chills, fever, headache,     backache,       dyspnea, cyanosis, chest pain,     tachycardia and     hypotension.
– Stop transfusion immediately.
– Run normal saline.
– Do vital signs, call MD.
– Documentation to blood bank.
– Remaining specimen to blood bank.
b. Febrile reaction
    Sensitivity of client to WBC, platelets and protein.
Fever, chills, warm flushed skin, headache,  anxiety and muscle pain.
    – Discontinue transfusion.
– Give antipyretic.
– Notify physician.
c. Allergic Reaction
    Sensitivity to plasma proteins.
Can be severe or mild.
Flushing, itching, urticaria, wheezing can progress to severe chest pain, SOB,
cardiac     arrest.

        -Initially slow the transfusion.
-Call MD immediately.
-Give antihistamines as ordered.
-Continue to monitor patient.
-If reactions increase, stop transfusion immediately, do VS, call MD.
  d. Circulatory Overload
    Too much product given, or given too quickly.
Cough, dyspnea, crackles in lungs, tachycardia and hypertension.
    – Stop infusion.
– Raise clients head.
– Administer O2.
– Call MD.
e. Sepsis or contaminated blood
    High fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and     hypertension.

     – Stop transfusion.
– Call MD.
– Perform blood work as ordered.
– Patient may not show symptoms of     contaminated blood e.g. HIV, hepatitis     until later date. Patient must be aware of     risk of transmission before giving     transfusion.
1. Check doctor’s order for what product to  transfuse.
2. Obtain consent.
3. Explain risks of procedure to patient.
4. Verify patient.
5. Provide client privacy.
6. Type and cross match client.
7. Obtain blood from blood bank or facility at hospital  when ready.
8. Obtain blood administration set, Y tubing with filter and bag of normal saline.
9. Start IV for transfusion if not yet ready – gauge # 18 or # 20.
10. Prime tubing with normal saline.
11. Cover filter in drip chamber fully with NS and  slightly above filter.
12. Obtain full set of Vital signs, BP, T, P, R.
13. Check blood from blood bank to clients wrist hand  and hospital number for verification with another nurse     CO – SIGN FORM IF NECESSARY.
14. Observe blood for date, type, Rh factor, abnormal color or deposits.

16. Make sure blood is refrigerated until just before  transfusion = not at room temperature for longer than 30 minutes.
17. Close all clamps on the Y tubing set.

18. Pierce the blood bag.
19. Hang from IV pole.

20. Open clamp from blood bag to drip chamber to allow   for flow of blood transfusion.
21. Initially infuse very slowly for the first 20 minutes,  approx. 20 drops per minute.
22. Observe client closely for any reaction.
23. Obtain VS to hospital policy.
Q 15 min X 2
Q 30 min X 2
Q hourly until done
24. Maximum time for transfusion is 4 hours, can be given over  2 – 3 hours in normal adult, however Doctor’s orders may specify time.
25. If client has reaction, follow directions as stated previously.
26. When transfusion is completed, remove bag, flush tubing
with NS, continue IV if ordered or remove or block IV off
as     per order.
27. Document in vital signs sheet and nurse’s notes.
28. Follow hospital protocol to discard blood bag.
Documentation of Blood Product Transfusion
Vital Signs or Flow sheet
Intake and Output IV Record for Amount of Blood Absorbed
Date/Time               Nurses Notes
Nov 25, 2006
0900         # 18 gauge IV initiated to left forearm. First unit #2343333 of PRBC initiated at 0830.
Patient tolerating transfusion well, no signs of reaction at this time. VS stable; patient             informed to call nurse if any itching, discomfort, difficulty of breathing or other untoward signs occur. ———CQuttainah, RN

1230        Transfusion completed; client tolerated procedure well, no evidence of reaction,            VS stable. IV NS restarted at 100cc/hr as per order.——— CQuttainah, RN
1300        Post transfusion CBC taken and sent to lab.———— CQuttainah, RN
Call MD with Results of Post Transfusion CBC

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