Autol­o­gous Blood Donation

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What is Autol­o­gous Blood donation?

When you give your own blood for use in a surgery that you will have in the near future. Image

How do you get an appoint­ment for the blood to be col­lected from you?

The blood is col­lected by Hema-​Quebec. The Pre-​Admission Nurse will send a request to Hema-​Quebec for them to deter­mine of you are a can­di­date. If you are, Hema-​Quebec will con­tact you with your appointments.

Where do you go?

When Hema-​Quebec con­tacts you with your appoint­ment, they will direct you to the proper Hema-​Quebec address.

What is the procedure?

You will need to go to Hema-​Quebec twice to have blood col­lected. The vis­its will be at least 1 week apart. Each visit will take 1 to 112 hours. Before each col­lec­tion a small sam­ple of blood will be taken from your fin­ger­tip. This sam­ple will be tested to make cer­tain that you have enough red blood cells to give dur­ing the col­lec­tion. A blood dona­tion expires after 42 days. If your surgery is post­poned you many need to make another donation.

Why do you need to take iron pills (fer­rous sulfate)?

Iron pills build up the num­ber of red blood cells in your blood. Blood col­lec­tion can cause the num­ber of red blood cells to drop. In order to be sure that you have enough red blood cells for two blood col­lec­tions and still have all the red blood cells that your body needs, you will need to take iron pills. You will be given a pre­scrip­tion for them at your pre-​admission appointment.

When do you take your iron pills?

ImageStart tak­ing your iron pills the day before your first appoint­ment at Hema-​Quebec (one tablet 3 times a day). Con­tinue tak­ing them for one month. You may have side effects of con­sti­pa­tion or stom­ach cramps.

What foods should you eat to build up your red blood cells?

Eat foods high in iron. The best foods for iron are: red meat, fish and poul­try (chicken and turkey). The iron in these foods is eas­ily taken up and used by your body. Other foods that con­tain iron, although not quite as eas­ily used by your body, are dried fruit, whole grain cere­als, dark green leafy veg­eta­bles and legumes such as lentils, dried peas or beans.

Image If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact the Pre-​Admission Nurse at (514)3986644 ext. 00937 or in clinic at (514) 3981529.

Ref­er­ence: Med­line­plus, National Library of Med­i­cine, National Insti­tutes of Health. Accessed, 2008÷11÷27 http://​www​.nlm​.nih​.gov/​m​e​d​l​i​n​e​p​l​u​s​/​e​n​c​y​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​002422​.​h​t​m

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Devel­oped by Anna Fer­raro CNS, Erik De Agos­ti­nis CNS, Eileen Beany Peter­son MLIS, Michele Brown MLIS, Maria Mastraccio-​Lafontaine M.Ed.
Pro­duced by Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre 2009.
Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Hos­pi­tal.

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