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If receiving a blood transfusion and is developing a fever, what's the usual procedure?
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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In brief: Stop transfusion
The first and the most important step in any suspected transfusion reaction is to stop the transfusion.
If all you have is a slight fever and chills, it is likely a mild but not uncommon type of reaction that can be prevented with pre-medication. However, the hospital will check the unit of blood in the blood bank to ensure your safety first. At our hospital we do not retransfuse this unit.

In brief: Stop transfusion
The first and the most important step in any suspected transfusion reaction is to stop the transfusion.
If all you have is a slight fever and chills, it is likely a mild but not uncommon type of reaction that can be prevented with pre-medication. However, the hospital will check the unit of blood in the blood bank to ensure your safety first. At our hospital we do not retransfuse this unit.
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