What is Blood Transfusion?

Category: Procedures


Blood transfusion is the process of transferring blood or blood-based products from one person into the circulatory system of another. Early transfusions used whole blood, but modern medical practice commonly uses only components of the blood.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anemia 40 11
Acute renal failure 37 0
Thalassemia 15 0
Iron deficiency anemia 4 0
Anemia of chronic disease 3 0

Show all 23 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Blood Transfusion

Side effect Patients Percentage
Difficulty waking up 1
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 1
Hair loss 1
Hemochromatosis 1
Hives (urticaria) 1
Motion sickness 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 7
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 11
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1 patient evaluation for Blood Transfusion

Jul 1, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anemia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for abnormal lab values)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Normal Iron Levels)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: This was the not the first attempt to find the cause (or cure) of my iron-deficient anemia. The first attempt was to do the hysterectomy, the second attempt was diagnosis of a large, bleeding, gastric ulcer, and this transfusion was done (I believe) after the mastectomy. The doctor said, "You were anemic before the surgery, you sure as hell need a transfusion now!"

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