- 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year.
- This life-saving procedure replaces lost blood from surgery or injury. Individuals with conditions like anemia or cancer may also require blood transfusions.
- Blood transfusions are usually very safe and strict procedures are in place to ensure testing, handling, and storage of donated blood is as safe as possible. However, some risks are still possible.
A blood transfusion is a life-saving procedure that can help replace lost blood from injury or surgery. Blood transfusions may also be necessary for individuals suffering from illnesses that prevent their bodies from making blood. But there’s a lot more to know about it.
Today we’re going to take a deep dive into all things blood transfusions. Follow along as we explore what it is, the different types, who they’re for, as well as the benefits and risks.
What Are Blood Transfusions?
A blood transfusion is a common medical procedure that involves administering donated blood to a patient through an intravenous line (IV). Blood transfusions are commonly used to “replace blood and blood components that may be too low,” says the Cleveland Clinic.
Blood transfusions can also be life-saving as they can replace lost blood caused by surgery or a serious injury. They’re also used for a variety of other reasons that we’ll explain in more detail later.