Types Of Blood Products, The Risks Of Transfusions, And The Alternatives To Transfusions.

The purpose of this article is to provide you with information about blood transfusions and blood products and to answer some of the most common questions parents ask.

What Is A Blood Transfusion?

When your child has a blood transfusion, he or she is given blood products to make up for the lack of parts of the blood that he or she does not have.

What Are Blood Products?

Blood products are made from the blood that people donate. These people are called donors.

Blood Cells and Components

Red and white cells, platelets and plasma

The blood that the donor donates is called whole blood. Whole blood is a mixture of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and a yellowish yellow fluid called plasma. A special process is performed to divide the whole blood into parts. These parts are called blood products. The different types of blood products and their uses will be explained later in this article. Please read about the blood products your baby is taking.

Types Of Blood Products

There are numerous types of blood products. The ingredients that can be made from blood are:

  • Red blood cells
  • Platelets
  • Plasma
  • Cryoprecipitate

These special products can also be extracted from the plasma, such as:

  • Albumen
  • Clotting factor concentrate
  • Immunoglobulin

These products are called plasma protein products. You can read more about plasma protein products below.

Why blood products are used instead of whole blood for blood transfusion.

Every part of the blood has a different function. Different parts of the blood are given to the patient only the part that he needs. By doing this, whole blood can be used to treat many patients.

Red blood cells

After the blood is released from the body, red blood cells are transfused in the body to increase the supply of oxygen. Your child may have lost blood during surgery, an accident, or bleeding.

Transfusion of red blood cells is used to treat many types of anemia. Anemia means a lack of red blood cells in your baby. For example, your baby may have anemia after birth. Or your child may have anemia due to a long or serious illness or cancer treatment.

Platelets and plasma

Platelets or plasma transfusions are used to stop or prevent blood flow. For example, it is possible that your child is bleeding due to surgery or treatment for cancer. Your child will be given only the portion or portion of blood that he or she will need because each portion of blood has a different function.

Where Does The Blood Come From?

The Canadian Blood Services [CBS] collects blood from volunteers. Volunteers are people who donate blood for free. Before donating blood, these volunteers answer a lengthy questionnaire and undergo a physical examination and check-up with the interviewer to make sure they are healthy.

These blood donations mostly supply red blood cells, plasma, cryoprecipitate, platelets, and plasma protein products, but some plasma protein products also come from the United States and other countries. Because of the amount of plasma putty products made from blood collected in Canada, more Canadians use them.

How Is The Blood Tested?

Each blood donation is tested to determine the donor’s blood type. Such as ABO Group and RH Component. This is done to find out if the donor’s blood matches the recipient’s blood [blood that matches their blood type].

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