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NPO during blood transfusions


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Guest Agnieszka Domanska

And btw , what is the theoretical background for not feeding the baby during blood transfusion? I mean, why should it cause NEC?

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Guest JoannieO

We continue to feed babies during a blood transfusion also. As far as I know there is no reason why the baby should develop NEC. However, if the baby is being transfused for increasing apneas and bradys and is unwell, we do check the crypt antigen status before transfusing, since a positive crypt antigen can indicate that the baby already has NEC.


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Guest fishmanetc

We have also started with keeping babies NPO 3 hours prior to and 6 hours post transfusion. I believe the theory which has been theorized but no actual clinical trials performed, is that of a reperfusion injury to the gut. We have had several cases in our NICU of otherwise stable kids developing bloody stools and a pneumatosis picture on

UB hours to even several days post transfusion, We have adopted an NPO approach in our practice.

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