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How much blood is taken? - Spanish/English

Date Authored: December 01, 2003

Exámenes de Sangre
¿Cuánta sangre me sacan?

 

Blood Tests
How much blood is taken?


Para darle una idea de cuanta sangre le sacan, tenga en cuenta que una cuchara pequeña equivale a 3mililitros. Generalmente los exámenes necesitan entre 3 y 10 mililitros o sea de 1 a 3 cucharadas pequeñas de sangre, la cantidad depende de cuántos exámenes y de que tipo le ordena su doctor. Por ejemplo el doctor puede ordenar un grupo de 7 exámenes, para estos exámenes se requiere extraerle 4 cucharadas pequeñas de sangre.
 

To give you an idea of the amount of blood that is taken, be aware that a teaspoon is equal to 3 milliliters. Usually, between 3 and 10 milliliters, or between 1 and 3 teaspoons, of blood is taken from your body, depending on the number and the types of tests your doctor ordered. Having more than one test may require more blood to be drawn. However, the amount taken still usually is relatively small. For instance, doctors might order a group of seven tests to be done at the same time, requiring a total amount of about 4 teaspoons of blood to be drawn.

En el cuerpo de una persona adulta hay casi 5.000 mililitros de sangre. Siempre habrá suficiente cantidad de sangre en el cuerpo aunque le saquen pequeñas cantidades con el fin de hacerle exámenes. Además, sangre nueva se esta produciendo constantemente dentro de los huesos y muy pronto reemplaza a la que le han sacado.
 

In an adult person's body, there is almost 5,000 milliliters of blood. There will always be enough blood left in the body even when small amounts are taken for blood tests. Furthermore, new blood is constantly being produced inside the bones and quickly replaces the blood that was taken.

 


Developed and translated by Community House Calls Program, Harborview Medical Center/Univ of WA, Seattle WA, for EthnoMed, December 2003.