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
Acute renal failure 7 0
Iron deficiency anemia 4 0
Thalassemia 4 0
Anemia of chronic disease 2 0
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura 2 1

Show all 18 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

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Blood Transfusion

Side effect Patients
Allergic reaction 1
Developed antibodies 1
Difficulty waking up 1
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 1
Hair loss 1
Hives (urticaria) 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 10
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Blood Transfusion

Jul 1, 2008 (Started Jun 30, 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!"

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 1 of 1 patient evaluation for Blood Transfusion