Blood Transfusion Reactions

The Undeniable Risk

An important reason to avoid transfused blood if there was a better option is blood transfusion reactions.

There are several reasons but one of the most important is that blood is a liquid transplant.

Blood Transfusion Reactions

Every time a blood transfusion is given, in essence an organ transplant is given.

Most know of the complications associated with organ transplants. What many doctors are not aware of is immunomodualtion or the changes or changes in the immune system function. Every transfusion provides the person receiving the transfusion a new set of immune challenges.

These immune changes are the blood transfusion receivers for life.

These immune changes cause an exponential increase in health threatening complications. These complications include post operative infections, ventilator-acquired pneumonia, central line sepsis, increased ICU and hospital length of stay to name a few.

Additionally, short and long term illness and death rates (called morbidity and mortality rates) increase.

50-50 Odds of Living or Dying
Or 80% Chance of Living by Avoiding Transfusions

When a person gets up to 10 units of blood, there is a 50-50 chance that they will live or die.

So, what should a doctor do. Transfuse or let the person die? There is a third option. It goes by many names, bloodless medicine and surgery, advance transfusion practice, blood avoidance, transfusion free medicine and others.

When properly delivered, you have a better chance of living and not getting sick if you are treated with bloodless medicine and surgery than if you get blood.

Note: People will often be heard saying that blood saved someones life. Unfortunately, that may not be true. Only in the court room and rarely does it get there, will you hear the truth, that blood transfusions or the complications that they started were the cause of death.

Why? There are few side effects from bloodless medicine and surgery. With blood transfusions, there are numerous risks and potential complications.

By some estimates, you have an 80 percent chance of survival if you loose more than 10 units of blood, if given proper bloodless care.

If your care is otherwise uncomplicated, most studies show that you get out of the hospital 1/2 to three days faster and with a lower risk of morbidity and mortality.

Glutathione and Blood Building

Studies show that by boosting your glutathione (GSH) you can also boost your blood count.

There is an added benefit of boosting immunity. Imagine, doing the exact opposite of giving a blood transfusion and increasing the healing ability of the body.

This is the power of glutathione.

Blood Transfusion Reaction: The Research

Below is the research that makes the basis for the above information.

Blood management: a primer for clinicians. Pharmacotherapy 2007;27:1394-411.

Red blood cell transfusion and ventilator-associated pneumonia:

A potential link? Crit Care Med 2004;32:666-74. Impact of allogenic packed red blood cell transfusion on nosocomial infection rates in the critically ill patient.

Crit Care Med 2002;30:2249-54. Transfusion practice and nosocomial infection: assessing the evidence. Curr Opin Crit Care 2005;11:468-72.

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