Overview of Perioperative Blood Transfusion and Adjuvant Therapies Transfusion Medicine (T&S, T&C, Emergency transfusion, Storage) Transfusion Thresholds Blood Components (PRBC, Plt, FFP, Cryo) Complications and Risks Miscellaneous (autologous transfusion, cell- saver, normovolemic hemodilution)
Practice Guidelines for Perioperative Blood Transfusions and Adjuvant Therapies
Type and Screen Type - the donor erythrocytes do not have major antigens (A, B, Rh) that will react with antibodies in the recipient blood O negative blood - does not have any antigens, so it is the universal donor Screen - the donor erythrocytes do not have common antigens that will react with antibodies in the recipient blood T&S blood is recommended for procedures in which transfusion is unlikely, but possible (lap choly, TAH) Risk of Significant Transfusion Reaction = 1 in 10,000 units transfused
Type and Cross Cross-match - donor erythrocytes are introduced to the recipient's plasma Major cross-match checks for IgG antibodies (Duffy, Kell, Kidd) T&C blood should be reserved for procedures in which transfusion is expected Risk of Significant Transfusion Reaction = 1 in 1,000 units transfused
Emergency Transfusion It takes 5 minutes to perform a partial cross-match (donor erythrocytes introduced to recipient plasma, centrifuged and observed for agglutination Once 2 units of O-negative PRBC are transfused, subsequent transfusions should continue with O- negative blood
Blood Storage Temperature - 1 to 6 deg C ADP (adenine, dextrose, phosphate) Adenine: fuel for ATP production/survival "Young blood" - < 14 days is associated with better outcomes.
Decision to Transfuse BP, HR, UOP, O2, EKG, AGB, SvO2. Hgb <= 6 almost always require transfusion Hgb = 8 may be threshold for patients not at risk of ischemia Hgb = 10 may be threshold for patients at risk of ischemia (COPD, CAD, rapid bleeding). Hgb > 10 g/dl rarely require transfusion
Decision to Transfuse Transfusion greater than 10 does not substantially increase O2 delivery "The exact Hgb value at which CO increases (compensatory) varies among individuals and is influenced by age, chronicity, and sometimes anesthesia"
Decision to Transfuse Hypotension and tachycardia are likely, but may be blunted by anesthesia or other drugs Compensatory vasoconstriction may conceal the signs of acute blood loss until at least 10% of blood volume is lost Healthy patients may be able to lose 20% of blood volume before signs of hypovolemia occur.
PRBCs 250 - 300 ml with Hct ~70-80 Cell Saver - Hct usually ~ 50 Mix with NS (not hypotonic or LR) Ca++ may cause clotting
Platelets Probably not required unless platelet count is less than 50,000 Consider transfusing 1 pooled unit (6 pk) for every 6 units of PRBC in large transfusions Bacterial contamination is most likely to occur in platelet concentrates Platelet related sepsis incidence is as high as 1 in 5000 transfusions Desmopressin 20 mcg may be given for qualitative platelet disorders
Fresh Frozen Plasma All coagulation factors except platelets Probably not necessary unless PT is > 1.5 times normal or INR > 2 Warfarin reversal, heparin resistance FFP of 10-15ml/kg will achieve 30% of most plasma factor concentrations
Cryoprecipitate The fraction of plasma that precipitates when FFP is thawed High concentrations of Factor VIII, fibrinogen Indicated for Hypofibrinogenemia and Hemophilia A Consider transfusion if fibrinogen less than 100 mg/dl Not recommended for patients with unstable coronary artery disease because ultralarge vWF multimers released by DDAVP can aggregate platelets and increase risk of infarction
Complications RIsk of fatal outcome due to blood transfusion is remote but possible.
Complications Hyperthermia, increased airway pressures, and/or change in urine output/color may be suggestive of transfusion reaction Febrile reaction: most common (0.5-1%) as a result of recipient antibodies to donor antigens on leukocytes or platelets Allergic reaction: also associated with pruritis and urticaria, bronchospasm Slow the infusion and give antipyretics for febrile reaction; give antihistamines, bronchodilators, and stop infusion for allergic reaction
Complications Hemolytic reactions: typically a result of wrong blood type Lumbar and substernal pain, fever, chills, dyspnea, and skin flushing Free hemoglobin in plasma or urine, acute renal failure and DIC occur Discontinue transfusion and maintain urine output with IVF, mannitol and lasix Alkalinization of urine with bicarb and steroids are of unproven value
Autologous Blood Transfusions Predeposited autologous donation (PAD): More expensive and not very effective at reducing allogenic blood transfusion Patients for elective surgery with high likelihood of transfusion may donate 10ml/kg of blood every 5-7 days if Hgb > 11g/dL up to a maximum of 3 units
Autologous Blood Transfusion Infection or malignancy is a contraindication to blood intraop blood salvage (cell saver) Normovolemic hemodilution: early intraop donation and intravascular volume replacement with crystalloids to Hct of 27-33% Fewer RBC per millimeter of blood loss during surgery
Complications Incidence of infection from blood transfusions has markedly decreased HCV transmission decreased from 1 in 10 to less than 1 in 1 million transfusions since 1980 Nucleic acid technology responsible for improved viral testing HBV, HTLV, CMV, Malaria, Creutzfeldt-Jakob
TRALI Non-cardiac exudative pulmonary edema in the absence of left atrial hypertension that occurs within 6 hours of transfusion Exclusion of female donors and fresher blood (< 14 days) decreases risk Stop transfusion, send off fluid from ETT, CBC, CXR, and notify blood bank so that other units may be quarantined
Transfusion Related Immunomodulation Long-term prognosis in cancer surgery is unclear, but there is a suggestion of a correlation between tumor recurrence and blood transfusions Leukoreduction reduces incidence of nonhemolytic febrile transfusion reactions and transmission of leukocyte-associated viruses Leukoreduction to prevent cancer recurrence is more speculative
Metabolic Abnormalities pH decreases, K increases, and 2,3-DPG decreases with duration of storage. Metabolic acidosis and hyperkalemia rarely occur even in massive transfusions Less 2,3-DPG increases affinity of Hgb for Oxygen, and potentially decreases tissue oxygen delivery Citrate metabolism to bicarbonate may contribute to metabolic alkalosis In anhepatic phase of liver transplant, citrate is not metabolized and it binds to calcium in blood causing hypocalcemia