Reply To: transfusion of blood via pump

  • Amanda Lulloff

    July 24, 2019 at 9:03 am


    At my current institution, we run all blood products for all patients on a pump. We have “Blood tubing” with a filter on it that is for large volume infusions. Our NICU may use syringes, I’m not sure.

    I have been at institutions that infuse platelets via gravity for all patients and some places where stem cells are dripped into all patients at a prescribed rate. (We don’t give stem cells at my current institution.)

    Amanda Lulloff, PhD, RN, PCNS, CPHON
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Blank Children’s Hospital
    Des Moines, IA
    Original Message:
    Sent: 07-24-2019 12:23 AM
    From: Sarah Hakim
    Subject: transfusion of blood via pump


    Kindly appreciate sharing with me your practice in transfusing blood and blood products via pump.

    we added to our policy that pediatric patient less that 40 kg need to have the transfusion running through a pump.
    So, what we do is we connect the transfusion bag to the patient, we prepare a 60 ml syringe  with an extension tube, we withdraw 60 ml after 60 ml of blood from the bag, that is kept attached to the patient, then we run the syringe  filled with the blood  in a syringe pump (medfusion or alaris) until all the volume is over.

    what do you do in your place?

    Thank you

    Sarah Hakim, MSN,RN
    Clinical Educator