Blood Transfusion Care
Blood Transfusion Details
- You will have a blood test to determine your specific blood type. The donor blood will be carefully matched to your blood type.
- You will also be given a physical exam. Your vital signs (eg, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure) will be recorded.
- You may be given Tylenol and Benadryl before you receive a transfusion. These drugs will help reduce any minor allergic reactions.
You will be asked to sit in a comfortable chair. A bag containing the blood product will be hung nearby. An IV needle will be placed into a vein in your hand or arm. The blood product will drip slowly from the bag through a tube into your vein. Once the bag of blood product is empty, the needle in your arm will be removed.
Throughout the transfusion, your vital signs will be checked regularly. You will also be asked about pain, itching, or discomfort of any sort. Most reactions occur early in a blood transfusion, so you will be monitored more closely during the first 15 minutes.How Long Will It Take?
About 2–4 hoursWill It Hurt?
The placement of the IV needle is mildly painful. Once the needle is in place, it should not cause pain.Post-procedure Care At the Care Center
Immediately following your procedure, the staff may provide the following care:
- Nurses will monitor you closely.
- Your doctor may give you specific instructions based on your overall condition.
- Your doctor may order blood tests to determine how effective the transfusion was.
When you return home after the transfusion, carefully follow your doctor's advice regarding any activity restrictions or other instructions .
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.