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 How are platelets obtained for transfusion?
- Q What is a blood transfusion?
- Q What are blood conservation strategies?
- Q What are the risks associated with blood transfusions?
- Q Do people need blood transfusions because of surgical complications?
- Q What is different between whole blood and blood components transfusion?