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Blood Transfusions

What is a blood transfusion?

A blood transfusion is when you are given a blood product if you have abnormal blood levels. Patients may have abnormal blood levels due to blood loss from trauma or surgery, or as a result of certain medical problems. A blood product can be red blood cells, plasma, or platelets. It can also be a product that is made from plasma.

How is this service performed?

The nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature before the transfusion is started. The blood will be given through an intravenous (IV) which is a small tube or needle that is put into a vein. Your health care provider will do double-checks at your bedside before starting the transfusion to ensure the blood is matched to you. Your transfusion will take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours or more depending on what component (part) of blood you are receiving.

How do I access this service?

Your family physician or primary health care provider may refer you to us for blood transfusions depending on your medical situation.

How do I prepare for this service?

Ahead of the blood transfusion, you will come to the facility to undergo a lab test to match the blood before the blood is ordered.

You may wish to make a list of what you want to discuss with our nursing staff and specialists. Many patients find it helpful to write a list of their concerns since writing these concerns ensures they don't forget anything.

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