Blood Transfusions: What Are The Risks?
What are blood transfusion risks?
Blood transfusion errors can occur in about 1 out of 14,000 transfusions. Most transfusion reactions occur because of errors made in matching the recipient’s blood to the blood transfused.
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These administrative errors may occur because of mislabeled blood samples or misread labels. Even receiving the correct blood type sometimes results in a mild transfusion reaction.These reactions may be mild or severe.
- Most mild reactions are not life-threatening when treated quickly.
- Severe transfusion reactions can be life-threatening, but this is very rare.
- Mild allergic reactions may involve itching,hives, wheezing, and fever.
- Severe reactions may cause anaphylactic shock.
There are several immune-related transfusion reactions: