The risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis, or bacterial infection from a blood transfusion is extremely low. When a transfusion is needed, the benefits of receiving blood outweigh the risk of contracting an infectious disease. If your doctor recommends a transfusion, ask about the benefits and risks.
- Q Why would a person need a red blood cell transfusion?
- Q How are platelets obtained for transfusion?
- Q What are blood conservation strategies?
- Q How safe are blood transfusions for children?
- Q Why would an individual need a platelet transfusion?
- Q Which blood component is used in blood transfusion?