90th FVMA Annual Conference
A case-based approach will be used to describe how to select the most appropriate products and dosages for various diseases. The needs of a patient with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, surgical bleeding, trauma and hemoabdomen can differ, as some benefit from fresh whole blood, component therapy or packed red blood cells. There will be a brief review of blood typing and indications for crossmatching and the difference between cats and dogs. Practical considerations regarding how to physically administer a transfusion (such as what filters are needed, what to monitor and how quickly to give the transfusion), what medications not to give with blood products and how to address transfusion reactions will be emphasized. The audience will learn what to do in situations where a variety of blood products may not be available (such as when only a hospital donor is available), when to consider autotransfusion and how to perform it with readily accessible supplies, and how to manage the rare type B cat.