Blood Cord Donation Essay

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Umbilical Cord Blood Donation Teaching Plan Kelly A. Phillips Long Beach City College Rhonda Wood, RN-BC, MN, Ed.D. February 15, 2013 Umbilical Cord Blood Donation Teaching Plan Umbilical blood cord donation is the process of collecting blood from the baby’s umbilical cord after it has been cut. This blood contains stem cells which are similar to those of bone marrow. Abdulla states “Stem cells found in cord blood are versatile; they can mature into many diverse cells that can form different tissue for organs throughout the body” (Ikuta, 2008, p. 264). Blood in an umbilical cord consists of stem cells that can "transform" into various types of healthy cell tissue. That tissue may be a treatment for many serious illnesses, including leukemia and other cancers. Although there are ethical issues surrounding stem cell research, in the future, stem cells from donated cord blood may also be used to treat heart disease, vision loss, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. One of the reasons for this great potential is that the blood collected is stored cryogenically and can last for years. According to Broxmeyer, et. al. (2011, p. 4774) “The sample can remain viable for more than 10 years. Published studies have shown that cord blood that has been preserved for 21-23.5 years have the same benefits as earlier samples.” The Nurses role in educating the patient is critical in helping the patient make an informed decision. “Nurses need to increase their knowledge of this subject in order to offer appropriate guidance to pregnant women” (Abdulla, 2011, p. 344). Assessment of the mothers ethical and religious beliefs are essential in continuing with the subject matter. If she is interested in the program education would be given to her about what cord blood is and identifying any misconceptions she may have about donation. Next, information would be given

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