Expiration Of Transfusions

The use of a 18-gauge needle (or larger) prevents mechanical damage and hemolysis of erythrocytes. With the infusion of blood components of any kind a standard filter should always be used. In the transfusion bag or those used for transfusion hoses no other substances may be added with the exception of 0.9% saline. Hypotonic solutions lyse erythrocytes, and the calcium in Ringer’s lactate solution can lead to clumping. Cave: Before…

September 3, 2018