Transfusion complications that present at a later date – (Posted late on 12/08 from 12/07)

Typically, if your client was to suffer any complications from a blood transfusion after TKR (total knee replacement) surgery, you and the doctors would know about it right away; at least while they were still in the hospital. There are extremely rare circumstances when some complications may ere their ugly head at a later date, however.

One possible reaction is if your client was to have an allergic reaction to the transfusion. The medical professionals call this type of reaction a hemolytic transfusion reaction.

As your client’s caregiver, you need to be aware of the symptoms that may present themselves in the case of an adverse transfusion reaction. Also know that these symptoms typically occur within 24 hours of the blood transfusion. The symptoms include:

  • hives
  • fever
  • chills
  • shortness of breath
  • red urine

Now, let’s just say for grins and giggles that your client has had a reaction of this degree previously during a surgery that has been performed on them. In that case, in order to always show your client that With Age Comes Respect, you may want to remind them to check with the medical staff to see if they would advise your client to bank their own blood prior to any surgery just in case a reaction may occur again if your client does indeed require a blood transfusion. This way, all parties involved will be one step ahead in the process!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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