When is transfer indicated for the treatment of anemia?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients with a benign etiology for anemia usually do not require transfer to another institution. Occasionally, transfer is necessary to establish the etiology of the anemia or to provide a treatment that is not locally available.

If patients are being transferred for diagnostic reasons, transferring them before transfusion is helpful. If the transfusion is necessary before transfer to achieve hematopoietic stability, consult with the receiving physician to determine laboratory tests that should be performed before transfusion. Patients who are hemodynamically unstable should not be transported.


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