Receiving Blood Transfusions
This eight-page handout helps people prepare for a blood transfusion, a procedure in which they receive whole blood or parts of blood through an intravenous (IV) line. It explains that blood is made up of plasma, which contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet. It describes the process of transfusion, outlines taking a blood sample to find a person's blood type and cross-matching to find compatible donor blood, and identifies signs of an allergic reaction to a blood transfusion. The document provides a step-by-step explanation of what will happen during the procedure and after, identifying those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately.
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