A blood transfusion is sometimes needed for certain kinds of illnesses, injuries, or types of surgery. Sometimes more than one transfusion is needed.
Your child will only get the part of the blood that is needed. The different parts of blood that can be transfused are:
Red Blood Cells
Blood Products Made From Plasma
Plasma can be used to make products to:
The blood supply in Canada is one of the safest in the world. Getting blood always has some risk. The risk of getting different diseases for each unit of blood is:
Sometimes your child can have a reaction to a blood transfusion (transfusion reaction). Some kinds of reactions are:
Current as of: June 15, 2018
Author: Transfusion Medicine Safety Program, Alberta Health Services
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