Exchange transfusion


Exchange transfusion aims to correct anaemia in hemolytic disease and/or hyperbilirubinemia. Treatment is initiated when light therapy is not sufficient to reduce bilirubin levels. The exchange transfusion is carried out through an umbilical vein catheter, where a small amount of blood is drawn from the baby and this is then replaced with a corresponding amount. This is carried out using a syringe In the event of anaemia, the procedure is repeated until the baby's calculated blood volume has been replaced and in the event of hyperbilirubinemia until the baby's double blood volume has been replaced.