|Engraftment||Managing Low Platelet Counts|
|Managing Low White Cell Counts||Transfusions|
|Managing Low Red Cell Counts|
Platelets (thrombocytes) are tiny blood cell particles that help form clots and prevent bleeding. They do so by sticking to the site of a blood vessel injury, clump together, and seal off the injured blood vessel to stop bleeding. When platelets are low, you are more susceptible to bleeding. Some signs and symptoms that may occur with low platelet counts include bleeding gums, bruising and nosebleeds. Urine and bowel movements will be checked for signs of bleeding on a regular basis. Because excessive bleeding may occur during monthly menstrual periods, women may receive special medications to prevent blood loss in this way.
While your platelets are low, there are some precautions you can take to prevent bleeding:
If your platelet count drops below “10” or you have bleeding issues, you will need a transfusion. Your platelet count may be checked as often as every day and you will be watched for signs of bleeding. Please notify your nurse or doctor of the following:
Until the transplanted stem cells start making enough platelets, you will require platelet transfusions. Platelet transfusions may also be necessary for a period of time after discharge from hospital.
To read more about transfusions, click here.