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Old 01-17-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Infusion vs transfusion

Which is which? I hear both used in talking to people.
Infusion is iv iron pumped in? Or transfusion? Lol sorry

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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Re: Infusion vs transfusion

I'm getting infusions right now (Venofer), and that's the IV iron. Transfusion is getting someone else's blood I believe.

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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Re: Infusion vs transfusion

Exactly what 4kids4me said. Infusion is not blood, it's iron and it's going directly into your vein. Transfusion is blood going directly into your vein with someone else's iron etc in it.

 
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Re: Infusion vs transfusion

Is it more typical for anemic patients to get infusions?

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
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Re: Infusion vs transfusion

It seems to be becoming more and more common. I'm fairly new to the anemia/iron infusion stuff, but I have 3 more infusions to go once a week. I've been reading some of the other threads about it here, and there seem to be quite a number that are getting IV iron infusions.

 
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Re: Infusion vs transfusion

Yes because it seems that people don't find out their anemic till their iron is really low. I didn't get infusions because I didn't have insurance at the time but I would have been a good candidate.

My ferritin was a 2, iron 18 and hemoglobin 8.5. Infusions are faster then taking pills.

 
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