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Blood transfusion can save a patient’s life and limit the complications of severe blood loss.
Blood transfusion benefits patients by treating or preventing these situations.
Canada’s blood supply is one of the safest in the world but blood can never be risk-free. In Canada, the risk of transfusion-transmitted disease for each unit of blood is:
Other risks of blood transfusion are:
Side-effects could include: itching, skin rash, fever, or feeling cold. More serious side effects such as trouble breathing are very rare.
Blood transfusions are very carefully matched to the patient’s blood type but transfused blood is not identical to your blood. Transfused blood can also have effects on your immune system.
If you have had a blood transfusion and are feeling unwell, be sure to tell your nurse or doctor.