Blood loss

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

Acute

See also Bleeding disorders

Clinical assessment. Full blood count; the initial Hb and PCV, Haematocrit, may be normal - serial PCV may be helpful.

Blood group, Blood group and antibody screen, compatibility testing.

Chronic

Full blood count, Blood film.

See Iron deficiency.

Occult

Careful history especially in relation to possible uterine and gastro-intestinal disease; regular blood donation.

Full blood count, Blood film to detect features suggestive of Iron deficiency. Occult blood faeces (FOBT).