What is a Blood Transfusion?

With a blood transfusion, blood from donors is added to your own blood supply. A blood transfusion may also be done to increase various components of your blood with donated blood products. Not often, but in some cases, you can plan ahead of time for certain types of surgeries to donate your own blood to be used after the surgery in a blood transfusion.

During a normal blood transfusion, specific parts of blood are administered via an intravenous (IV) that is placed in a vein in your arm. A typical blood transfusion procedure usually takes no longer than two hours.

A blood transfusion is needed because blood levels are low — either because blood has been lost during surgery, disease or traumatic injury or because your body isn't producing enough on its own.

Recent Blood Transfusion News


New York Times

Blood Industry Shrinks as Transfusions Decline
New York Times
Changes in medicine have eliminated the need for millions of blood transfusions, which is good news for patients getting procedures like coronary bypasses and other procedures that once required a lot of blood. But the trend is wreaking havoc in the ...


Tech Times

Blood transfusion lowers risk of silent strokes in children with sickle cell ...
Tech Times
The researchers found that the children who were given blood transfusions had significantly lower risks of suffering from additional strokes compared with their counterparts who received the usual care. Over the course of the study, only six percent of ...
Blood Transfusion Lowers Recurrence of Strokes In Children With Sickle Cell ...University Herald
Blood Transfusions May Cut Stroke Risk From Sickle CellWebMD
Monthly Blood Transfusions Reduce Sickle Cell Anemia-Related Brain Injury in ...Pharmacy Practice News
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Study Questions Harm of Blood Transfusions in AMI
Medscape
KANSAS CITY, MO — A new study is casting some doubt on the mortality risks associated with acute-MI patients receiving a red blood cell transfusion, with researchers saying that previous studies showing blood transfusions increased the risk of death ...


Dog-to-dog blood transfusion saves life
KPRC Houston
p><p>ONLY AN EMERGENCY BLOOD TRANSFUSION WOULD SAVE HER LIFE.</p><p>(George Ross, DVM Taft Veterinary Hospital)"It was hemorrhaging in its lungs and gurgling and it wasn't gonna make it."</p><p>THAT'S WHEN PIDDLE, A TWO YEAR ...
Quick-thinking vet performs dog-to-dog blood transfusionabc7news.com

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Daily Mail

Baby boy must have full blood transfusion every three weeks just to stay alive ...
Daily Mail
Doctors were unable to diagnose Joey with DBA until a haematology consultant ran blood tests at eight weeks, leading to two transfusions in two days. Ms Morris said: 'It meant the world to me just to see him smile. 'Before the transfusions everything ...


Blood transfusion linked to lower risk for in-hospital mortality in patients ...
Healio
Blood transfusion was associated with lower risk for in-hospital mortality among anemic patients with acute MI, according to a new report. “These findings suggest that previous observational reports of increased mortality with transfusion may have been ...

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Girl repays center for blood transfusion
Journal and Courier
So many complications that the surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital at one point turned to colleagues and instructed them to gather all the hospital's blood supply for a transfusion. Kennedy ended up needing 100 units, or about 100 pints, of blood ...

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For Children With Sickle Cell Anemia, Regular Blood Transfusions Cut Chances ...
Medical Daily
The researchers found that regular blood transfusion therapy “significantly reduces the recurrence of silent strokes and strokes in children with sick cell anemia who had pre-existing silent strokes,” according to a recent press release. “The results ...


Austrian Tribune

Monthly Blood Transfusion can Minimize Risk of Recurring Silent Strokes in ...
Austrian Tribune
In a recent study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, researchers have found that transfusion of blood can minimize the risk of repeated "silent" strokes in children suffering from sickle cell anemia. Researchers ...


Regular blood transfusions can reduce repeat strokes in children with sickle ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Vanderbilt-led research, as part of an international, multicenter trial, found regular blood transfusion therapy significantly reduces the recurrence of silent strokes and strokes in children with sickle cell anemia who have had pre-existing silent ...