- draw a type and match
- administer type O blood
- administer type AB+ blood
- ask the family to donate blood
The ED nurse receives a client who is bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. Which action by the nurse will best help this client avoid complications of extreme blood loss?
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: In an emergency situation, type O blood can be given because it is the universal donor. There is not enough time to draw a type and match before the client bleeds out. Type AB+ blood is the universal recipient. There is not enough time to ask the family to donate blood for the client.