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DESFERAL WHILE HAVING BLOOD TRANSFUSION

Posted by Goh Chun Hui (Jack Goh) on October 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM


I remember years ago, when I was a kids our Thalassemia centre here used to insert desferal into the saline water while having blood transfusion.That way the blood and the desferal with saline water will be running at the same time, so it's important that both are running fine. Normally the saline water runs a little faster than the blood drip speed but that's not important though. Normally 1 vial of desferal is inserted into the saline water for 1 unit/pack of blood. Let say you're having 2 units of blood, 2 vials of desferal will be inserted for that 2 units of blood. So later on that same night, you usually will not need any desferal infusion. Because you did received 2-3 vials of desferal on the same day itself. Few years ago in children Thalassemia center in Singapore, they had stop giving desferal and saline water for patient while having their blood transfusion. The reason is unknown, advantage of having desferal while having blood transfusion is it helps the blood to flow through your body better. That's what I am guessing, also you received 2 vials of desferal that more or less do get rid of some amount of iron in your blood/body. The vials of desferal you received will be added to your blood transfusion bill. Time did not affect much since it's running together with the blood you received. A little more amount of saline water could be added with the blood after the desferal saline water had finished running. That's basically it for this blog post, hopefully enjoy it :)

 

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