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Your hemoglobin blood count is 10 is this real low?


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November 04, 2009 1:12AM

That is a low hemoglobin count.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Blood Component Therapy recommendations1 based on hemoglobin concentration are:

Hemoglobin > 10 g/dL -- transfusion is rarely indicated.

Hemoglobin 6-10 g/dL -- indications for transfusion should be based on the patient's risk of inadequate oxygenation from ongoing bleeding and/or high-risk factors.

Hemoglobin < 6 g/dL -- transfusion is almost always indicated