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How Prepared Are We To Handle Adverse Reactions & Emergencies In Blood Donation Drives?

Although blood donation is a safe and well established procedure, certain blood donors face an adverse reaction either during or post donation. The severity of such reactions varies from person to person. However, a general pattern of the nature can be drawn. Such reactions may discourage these donors from donating again.

Some Drugs Commonly Accepted in Blood Donors

A critical step in the blood donation process is the medical screening of donors. Voluntary organisations and blood banks alike strive to ensure that the process of donating blood is safe for both the donor and the recipient. A commonly asked question in blood donation drives is if the donor has taken some tablets/medicines in the days prior to donation. American Association for Blood Banks lists some drugs commonly accepted in blood donors. This might be useful to avoid unnecessary deferrals.

AATS: Single Dose of EPO Pre-Cardiac Op Cuts Need for Blood

Submitted by sankalp on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 13:04

High dose of human recombinant erythropoietin two days pre-op benefits cardiac surgery patients

WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- A single high dose of human recombinant erythropoietin (HRE) administered two days before cardiac surgery is associated with reduced need for transfused blood, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, held from May 4 to 8 in Minneapolis.

Mother’s bone marrow comes to 10-year-old son’s rescue

Submitted by rajat on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 01:00

Vikram is the first ever recipient of Haploidentical transplant in the country

When a 10-year-old has cancer, the boy’s family and doctors obviously have to do everything under the sun to find a cure for him. That is what parents and doctors of Vikram (name changed) of Madurai did. The hunt was on to find a 100 per cent matching donor, and when that failed, they found one that was a half match.

Vikram got a bone marrow transplant with a 50 per cent match from his mother. He survives to tell the tale today, speaking over a surgical mask.