Blood Transfusions

What you should know about this life-saving procedure

There are many reasons why you or a loved one might need a blood transfusion. If your physician has decided you might need blood or blood products, he or she will explain the reason why. 

These reasons frequently include:  

  • A sudden loss of blood (sometimes as high as a quarter of the normal blood volume) 
  • An anticipated loss of blood during surgery 
  • A low hemoglobin before, during or after surgery
  • Severe heart or lung disease
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Moderate to severe anemia 

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