What is a blood transfusion?
A blood transfusion is a common procedure in which donated blood or blood components are given to you through an intravenous line (IV). A blood transfusion is given to replace blood and blood components that may be too low.
Why might I need to get a blood transfusion?
A blood transfusion can save your life. You may need a blood transfusion if you've lost blood from an injury or during surgery, or if you have certain medical conditions including:
What are blood components?
In addition to whole blood, a transfusion can provide certain blood components, or parts. These components include:
- Cryoprecipitate: Helps your blood clot.
- Plasma: Carries nutrients your body needs.
- Platelets: Help your blood clot.
- Red blood cells: Carry oxygen throughout your body.