Iron overload increases the risk of life-threatening complications
the risks of transfusional iron overload
iron levels regularly
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One unit of blood contains approximately 200 mg of heme iron. That’s > 100x the amount absorbed from the diet daily.
In cases where a patient with transfusion-dependent anemias requiring 2 units of blood per month would receive 20 g of iron after 4 years. That’s > 7x the normal total body mass of iron.
The number of blood transfusions is a predictor of iron overload. Ask patients to keep track of any transfusions they receive.