A blood transfusion is the process of giving blood donated by one person to another person who needs it. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about blood transfusions, what they involve and why they might be needed.
- Red blood cells
Why might my child need one?
- To replace blood lost during an operation or as a result of an accident
- To treat certain blood disorders, such as severe anaemia, sickle cell disease or thalassaemia
What does a blood transfusion involve?
Are there any risks?
Are there any alternatives?
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.