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What can I expect to happen during a blood transfusion?
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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You will have an extensive interview regarding your health, past surgeries, recent travel, and certain lifestyle practices.
Then your blood will be tested for the type and iron level. You will then proceed to a donation chair where the phlebotomist will start the donation through an iv. After that (about 20 minutes), you usually get a snack. They're making sure you won't faint. Then all done.

In brief: See below
You will have an extensive interview regarding your health, past surgeries, recent travel, and certain lifestyle practices.
Then your blood will be tested for the type and iron level. You will then proceed to a donation chair where the phlebotomist will start the donation through an iv. After that (about 20 minutes), you usually get a snack. They're making sure you won't faint. Then all done.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
During blood donation or transfusion? During blood transfusion usually the patient will be symptomatic and probably unconscious due to lack of oxygen in the body systems. There might be some mild reactions like itching or low fever, but there is always the possibility that a mayor reaction happen. The effect of blood transfusion is practically immediate with regards of increasing red blood cells and hemoglobin for better transport of oxygen to the tissues. It is a life-saving therapy when used appropriately.
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