What is a Blood Transfusion?

What is a Blood Transfusion? 28July

A blood transfusion is a safe, common procedure in which blood is given through an intravenous (IV) line in one of the blood vessels.  The need for a transfusion may occur if the body is unable to make blood properly.  Most common types of blood transfusion are for loss of red blood cells or platelets.  Low platelet counts can arise with some bone cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, chemotherapy or radiation, and bone marrow problems.

All blood products today are extensively screened and tested by FDA regulated blood banks for infectious diseases such as:

  • Hepatitis B – HBsAg
  • Human immunodeficiency virus – anti-HIV 1 and 2 and HIV NAT (nucleic acid testing)
  • Hepatitis C – anti-HCV and HCV NAT
  • Human T-cell lymphotropic virus – anti-HTLV I and II
  • Syphilis – syphilis antibodies.

 Unsafe blood products are not released to hospitals.

At the Infusion Center, we provide infusion services locally so patients don’t have to travel long distances. 

To learn more about the diverse IV Therapies we provide or how one becomes an infusion patient please call the Infusion Center at 928-668-1835



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