Who's your type? Transfusion medicine


Get a refresher on transfusion medicine on this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast.

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On this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, sits down with Alexis Hansen, Bs, LVT, RVT, VTS (ECC), to talk about the ins and outs of blood transfusion medicine, plus what makes a good donor.

Below is a partial transcript. Listen to the full podcast for more.

Alexis Hansen Bs, LVT, RVT, VTS (ECC): So you want to monitor your patient the entire time. Often, if you are going to get that really big anaphylactic type reaction, it's going to happen in generally the first 15 minutes. [It is] kind of doctor dependent, I find more so less doctors pre-medicating with Diphenhydramine or steroids unless it's something that the patient is already receiving for whatever disease process they have going on. But you want to monitor your temperature, heart rate, we do monitor mucous membranes, it can take a little bit longer for those to become pink again, their respiratory rate, their respiratory effort, kind of their mentation.

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