Getting Ready Avoid obtaining either whole blood or packed RBC’s until you’re ready to begin the transfusion Prepare the equipment when you’re ready to start the infusion.
The Procedure Explain the procedure to the patient Make sure an informed consent has been signed Record baseline vital signs
The Procedure Obtain whole blood or packed RBCs from the blood bank within 30 minutes of the transfusion start time.
The Procedure Check the expiration date on the blood bag, & observe for abnormal color, RBC clumping, gas bubbles, & extraneous material. Return outdated or abnormal blood to the blood bank.
The Procedure Compare the name & number on the patient’s wristband with those on the blood bag label.
The Procedure Check the blood bag identification number, ABO blood group, and Rh compatibility. Also, compare the patient’s blood bank identification number, if present, with the number on the blood bag.
The Procedure Identification of blood & blood products is performed at the patient’s bedside by two licensed profesionals, according to the facility’s policy.
The Procedure open the clamp on the line of saline solution,
The Procedure squeeze the drip chamber until it’s half full.
The Procedure If the patient doesn’t have an I.V. line in place, perform venipuncture, using a 20G or larger-diameter catheter.
The Procedure Avoid using an existing line if the needle or catheter lumen is smaller than 20G. Ventral venous access devices also may be used for transfusion therapy.
The Procedure If you’re administering whole blood, gently invert the bag several times to mix the cells.
The Procedure Attach the prepared blood administration set to the venipuncture device, & flush it with normal saline solution.
The Procedure Then close the clamp to the saline solution, & open the clamp between the blood bag & the patient.
The Procedure Adjust the flow clamp closest to the patient to deliver the blood at the calculated drip rate.
The Procedure Remain with the patient, & watch for the signs of a tranfusion reaction, such as fever, chills, & wheezing.
The Procedure If such sign develop, record vital signs and stop the transfusion.
The Procedure Infuse saline solution at a moderately slow infusion rate, & notify the doctor at once.
The Procedure If no signs of a reaction appear within 15 minutes, you’ll need to adjust the flow clamp to the ordered infusion rate.
The Procedure A unit of RBCs may be given over 1-4 hours as ordered.
The Procedure After completing the transfusion, you’ll need to put on gloves & remove & discard the used transfusion equipment.
The Procedure Then remember to reconnect the original I.V. fluid, if necessary, or disconnect the I.V. infusion.
The Procedure Return the empty blood bag to the blood bank, & discard the tubing & filter.
The Procedure Record the patient’s vital signs.
Practice Pointers Although some microaggregate filters can be used for up to 10 units of blood, always replace the filter & tubing if more than 1 hour elapses between transfusions.
Practice Pointers When administering multiple units of blood, use blood warmer to avoid hypothermia.
Practice Pointers For rapid blood replacement, know that you may need to use a pressure bag.
Practice Pointers If you’re administering packed RBCs with Y-type set, you can add saline solution to the bag to dilute the cells by closing the clamp between the patient & the drip chamber & opening the clamp from the blood
Practice Pointers Then lower the blood bag below the saline solution container & let 30-50ml of saline solution flow into the packed cells.
Practice Pointers Finally, close the clamp to the blood bag, rehang the bag, rotate it gently to mix the cells & saline container
Documenting Blood Transfusion In your notes, record: Date & time of the transfusion. Type & amount of transfusion product. Patient’s vital signs. Your check of all identification data. Transfusion reaction & nursing actions taken.