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Red Blood Cells

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: RBCs

Generic Name: Red Blood Cells

Drug Class: Blood Components

What Is Red Blood Cells and How Does It Work?

Red blood cells are the blood cells that carry oxygen. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin and it is the hemoglobin which permits them to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide. Hemoglobin, aside from being a transport molecule, is a pigment. It gives the cells their red color and their name.

The abbreviation for red blood cells is RBCs. Red blood cells are sometime simply called red cells. They are also called erythrocytes or, rarely today, red blood corpuscles.

Red blood cells is available under the following different brand names: RBCs.

Dosages of Red Blood Cells:

  • N/A

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Adult

  • Insufficient Tissue Oxygen Delivery Due to Active Bleeding / Symptomatic Anemia
  • 1 unit increase hemoglobin 1 g/dl in average sized adults without active bleeding or hemolysis; usually given over 1-2 hours but not longer than 4 hours
  • Rarely necessary to transfuse to hemoglobin over 10 g/dl
  • Activity bleeding patients dosing and rate of administration varies depending on rate of bleeding and must be evaluate on a case by case basis

Pediatric

  • 10-15 ml/kg increased hemoglobin 2-3 g/dl in patients without active bleeding or hemolysis
  • Actively bleeding patients dosing and rate of administration varies depending on rate of bleeding and must be evaluated on a case by case basis

Adult and Pediatric

  • Other Information
  • Usually blood loss over 20% estimated total blood volume
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2017



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