Eric C. Santos, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursCancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan
145 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Blue Care Network of Michigan (BCN)
- Priority Health
- Saint Mary's Health Care
- Spectrum Health, Blodgett Campus
- Spectrum Health, Butterworth Campus
Is a home testing kit to monitor blood clotting safe and effective?
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredAlthough blood clotting testing is offered at hospitals and clinics, an increasing number of patients are using home testing kits, which are now a reliable adjunct to clinic-based testing. Home testing is covered by Medicare and other insurers. Several different kits are available, but all involve the same process: squeezing a drop of blood on a test strip inserted in a hand-held monitor, and reading the results on the monitor screen. A report from a large study at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities found that weekly home monitoring was as safe and effective as monthly monitoring at a clinic. However, if you're thinking of switching from a lab to home testing, check with your doctor.
How is the blood supply protected from HIV?
American Red Cross answered
The Red Cross protects the blood supply from HIV in the following ways:- The Red Cross educates donors about who should give blood by having every potential donor read the publication ‘What You Must Know Before Giving Blood’.
- Trained staff interview potential donors and review their medical histories.
- Donors have the opportunity to stop the donation process. After donating they can call to confidentially instruct the Red Cross not to use their blood for transfusion to patients.
- The Red Cross tests each donor’s blood donation every time he or she donates. Highly sensitive tests performed on samples from each blood donation are effective in detecting HIV exposure.
- All blood that tests positive for any infectious disease is destroyed.
What do I need to know about caring for someone with hypokalemia?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
In most cases, caring for someone with hypokalemia consists of making sure they have a diet with potassium-rich foods and following the doctor's orders regarding potassium supplementation. If the individual is on a medication that reduces levels of potassium (such as some diuretics and antibiotics), talk with the doctor to see if a different medication can be used. The individual may have an underlying health condition causing the hypokalemia that may also need treatment.
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