Doc, I Think I'm A Quart Low
October 8, 2006 12:15 PM Subscribe
When someone needs a blood transfusion, how do they know how much blood to put in?
posted by Robert Angelo to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So my partner's sister has been hospitalized several times in the last few months as part of her leukemia treatment. From time to time she needs blood transfusions, platelets, chemo, and so on.
On the most recent occasion, he was on the phone with her and they were getting ready to give her a transfusion so he had to hang up. I asked him how much they were going to give her, and he didn't know. So we started speculating: Is there a test? A standard rule of thumb? < humor> A dipstick of some sort? < /humor> Do they just keep going until they think they're done...?
She is a former nurse, and the next day we asked her this question, and she didn't know the answer either. So I Googled it and came up with nothing. So now I'm passing it on to you. Anybody know?>>