When is inpatient care indicated in the treatment of delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions (DHTR)?

Updated: Sep 08, 2017
  • Author: Douglas Blackall, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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To assess the effectiveness of RBC transfusions, measure hemoglobin levels 1 and 24 hours posttransfusion.

More than 40% of RBC antibodies become undetectable after the first detection, but these antibodies may cause hemolysis upon restimulation. [15]

Maintain accurate records of the antibodies present and consider notifying patients (eg, with a carry-on card) that they have clinically significant alloantibodies.


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