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What blood alternatives can be used for bloodloss in an ER situation?

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asked Aug 15, 2012 in Conditions and Treatments by feduran (120 points)
recategorized Aug 15, 2012 by LarryEitel

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There are many alternatives to blood transfusions and way too many to list here.  There is a webpage on the matter about transfusion problems and alternatives, as well as sources cited, several links, and a video.  See http://www.squidoo.com/blood-transfusion-alternatives

Hope it helps

answered Aug 22, 2012 by barbaruzzi (150 points)
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First-stop the bleeding. Adding volume without stopping the bleeding makes a bad case worse. Tranexamic acid has been found useful in ER settings. mechanical clamping is useful too. Next there are lots of non-blood volume expanders that usually are standard stock items such as Ringers lactate, Saline solution, Glucose solution and in many -starch solutions. None are experimental and have been in use for years- decades.

In some areas in ER setting they have access to experimental solutions - none being approved to date except on humanitarian grounds.

Polyflorocarbon solutions have been used for decades - just never approved for general use.
answered Aug 26, 2012 by pnutts (1,820 points)

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