How low of an HB count is life threatening?
I posted this question last year....unfortunately I have not received an answer:
Hi , does anyone know how low of an HB count is considered Life Threatening in Children/Teens, if possible with a Internet link? Our Doctor (recommended by the Liason committee) claims that an HB under 6 is life threatening, he also doesnt believe in EPO. Our son has Leukemia / ALL, and was forced blood against his wishes. His HB was at 5,1 / Heartbeat 120 / Platelets over 100,000 at the time he had no infection. He was still able to go to the restroom, was up and around, still eating(alot), and he could still carry a conversation. I should add that this is a doctor in Germany and in Germany parents have no real legal rights to minors that are in hospital care. We try to work together to a certain degree...Why do doctors use the magical number (HB) 7 when they start giving blood transfusions, to nonwitness children? It would be really nice if someone could help me out. Thank you!
I have now a new question....my son continues the fight against ALL, he ist now 17 and once again the question of how low can a doctor go before he gives him a blood transfusion? Right now his HB is at 2,5 (we are now in another hospital that works better with Witnesses and gives him EPO once a week), Heartbeat when asleep/resting about 110, when going to the restroom about 135, Oxygen level between 95-100%, Blood pressure is approx. 80/40 it varies (it depends what he is doing, watching TV, talking or sleeping). He has had a low HB level since about 6 days...unfortunately it keeps dropping! So far no signs that it is going to increase...so can anyone help me?? If all his vital signs are still ok, is there a reason to help keep the doctor from transfusing?? What risks is the doctor taking?? Are there any articles I could read that might help?? Let me put it this was...this is ground breaking working here in this hospital...no child has ever been allowed to have such a low HB without a blood transfusion!! Can someone help me?? Thank you