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During the colonoscopy, K.L. begins passing large amounts of bright red blood. He becomes paler and more diaphoretic and begins to have an altered level of consciousness
You are preparing to administer the first of two units of packed RBCs. Evaluate each of the following statements about the safe administration of blood. Enter T for true or F for false. Discuss why the false statements are incorrect.
___ 1. Prime the correct tubing and filter with normal saline
___ 2. Verify K.L.'s identification with the secretary in the endoscopy suite
___ 3. Obtain baseline vital signs before starting the transfusion
___ 4. Begin the transfusion at a rate of 125 mL/hr
___ 5. Take K.L.'s vital signs 30 minutes after starting the transfusion
___ 6. Complete the transfusion within 6 hours of receiving the unit.