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9 Must Read Facts about Life-Sustaining Blood Transfusion

9 Must Read Facts about Life-Sustaining Blood Transfusion

What is meant by blood transfusion? It’s the process of transferring the blood, or blood products from one person (called donor) to another person (named recipient). It can be done to save the life of the recipient, who might be an anemic patient or has lost blood through bleeding during surgery.

A blood transfusion will be done in patients, to increase the blood count. As a matter of fact, in the majority of situations, the probability of a blood transfusion-linked to surgery are rare. Sometimes, patients might need the blood products. So, it’s always recommended to consult a doctor before any blood transfusions. Otherwise, it may be risky.

A lot of people don’t understand the fact that you’re confined by time and health factors, when it comes to blood transfusions. So, consult the doctor as soon as possible and start the procedure. Let’s take an example; when friends and family members donate blood for a patient (direct donors), the laboratory asks them to give at least a week earlier, to allow sufficient time for testing and labeling.

As we all know that the safest blood products are your own, but in case you need to transfuse, this must be your lowest risk choice. Sadly, the physicians only prefer to use this option when they have to do the elective surgery of the patient.

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In other cases, the patient can’t donate blood because of the acute need for blood. Even though, you can refuse to have a blood transfusion as it may cause serious consequences. If you’re a parent of a child and you have to take a decision on blood transfusion for your child, then always keep in mind that the doctors will always decide by your child’s well-being and it’s entirely up to the medical care standards.

It has nothing to do with the religious beliefs. Discuss everything in detail with your child’s doctor and take an action, which is in the best interest of your child.

Possible Blood Transfusion Symptoms

There’s a possibility that the patient will have the symptoms such as itching, shortness of breath, chills or fever during a blood transfusion. In this case, alert the donor immediately.

Facts about Life-Sustaining Blood Transfusion

Here are some of the facts regarding life sustaining blood transfusion;

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1. Lifesaver

Blood transfusions can be a life-saving measure for the recipient. It can be done to save the life of the recipient, who might be an anemic patient or has lost the blood through bleeding during surgery. Make sure your doctor will use the best vein illuminator for the procedure.

2. Voluntary Donations

The Blood donation occurs when a person gives blood voluntarily, which is readily available and used for transfusions. Donations might be of whole blood, or the components can be separated with the help of fractionation.The collection process is mainly done by the blood banks. If properly tested, it will be safe for the patient.

3. Least Chances Of Getting infected

The contracting infection possibilities from a blood transfusion is slight. It varies starting from 1 in 400,000 to 1 in 10,00,000. So, you don’t need to worry about getting diseases. The blood banks properly test the blood before transfusing it to the patients.

4. Safest Blood Transfusion

Autologous blood transfusion, is usually the safest option but it needs proper planning and every patient is not eligible for this. It can just be done for elective surgery.  Discuss everything in detail with your doctor, before finalizing your decision regarding blood transfusion. It is in the best interest of your child.

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5. Blood Conservation

The fundamental aspect, which limits the transfusion requirements are the blood conserving techniques. When it comes to the blood conservation, it’s a beneficial process for both surgical and medical patients. If you’re a surgical patient, then the blood conservation starts at the time when surgery is booked till the operation and the recovery process.

6. Collection Authority

The established blood banks do the safe blood collection, testing and storage. Blood banks collect the whole blood or separate the components with the help of fractionation.The collection process is mainly done by the blood banks. If properly tested, it will be safe for the patient.

7. Blood Type

There are 4 types of blood type, i.e. A, B, AB and O. Genes, which you inherit from your parents will determine your blood group. People who have O- blood type are considered as universal donors, as it can be transfused to everyone.

8. Blood Products Transfusion

In most of the cases, the patient doesn’t require ‘whole blood transfusion’ but needs specific blood products, such as red blood cells. The blood components can be separated by the blood banks, with the help of a process known as fractionation, mentioned earlier in the article.

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9. Directed Donor Blood

With the help of directed donor blood, the patient will be able to get blood from known donors. For a safe and secure transfusion, you have to make sure that the doctor who is going to transfuse verifies your name, and it must match with the blood to be transfused. In addition to your name, the birth date is usually the second identifier, which helps to assure that the blood is transferred to the right person.

Featured photo credit: CIDRAP provides advice via cidrap.umn.edu

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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