When should I call my doctor after a blood transfusion?
Reactions to a blood transfusion can happen at unexpected times. You can have a reaction during the transfusion, a day afterward or up to several months later. Call your healthcare provider right away (or your nurse if you are still in the hospital) if you experience:
- Bleeding, pain or new bruising at the IV site.
- Cold and clammy skin, fever or chills.
- Dark or reddish urine.
- Fast heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing or wheezing.
- Headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting.
- Rash, hives or itching.
- Severe back pain.