Blood Transfusion


What is a blood transfusion? A blood transfusion is a procedure used to give you blood through an IV. The IV is placed into a large vein, usually in your arm. You may get only part of the blood, such as red blood cells, platelets, or plasma. Transfusions are usually done in the hospital or in a transfusion center.

Why do I need a blood transfusion? A blood transfusion can help replace blood you lost through illness, injury, or surgery.

What do I need to know about blood transfusions?

What happens before a blood transfusion? The caregiver will explain the procedure to you and answer your questions.

What happens during a blood transfusion?

What happens after a blood transfusion?

What are the risks of blood transfusion?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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