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When would my doctor recommend a blood transfusion?

A blood transfusion may be necessary when the body cannot produce blood quickly enough due to:
  • Hemorrhage (blood loss) caused by trauma or high blood loss surgery
  • Red cell destruction may occur due to reactions to transfusions or to Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Decreased red cell production because of medications, chemotherapy, serious illness or anemia

What are my transfusion options?

Allogeneic Blood (donation by an anonymous person) Available in an emergency
  • Red Blood Cells (RBCs) - transport oxygen from the lungs to body cells and help transport carbon dioxide from body cells to lungs​
  • Platelets - prevent blood loss by stopping bleeding at the site of an injury
  • Plasma - clear liquid part of the blood made of water, ions, sugar, hormones and protein
  • Cryoprecipitate - a concentration of clotting factors taken from plasma

Directed or Predesignated Blood (donation by a friend or relative for you) These donations are not available for a minimum of 48 hours.

Autologous Blood (your own blood)
  • Hemodilution - removal of a specific amount of your blood during surgery, replaced with intravenous (IV) fluids, and returned after surgery
  • Intra-operative Blood Salvaging - process of collecting blood lost during surgery, washing, filtering and reinfusion of red blood cells
  • Predonation - donating your own blood prior to surgery.  These donations are available 3 to 7 days prior to surgery.
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