If everyone involved in the process has done their job, there are no risks in having a blood transfusion. However, humans being prone to error, there are some risks such as * Mistyping (not getting the bloodtype of the donor and/or the patient right); * Contamination (the blood not being stored correctly or having drugs or diseases which were not noticed - this is extreme rare); * Volume and iron overload (too much blood being transfused and too many red platelets being given); * Allergic reactions; * Some serious conditions such as TRALI, most of which occur exceedingly rarely. * There are also some reaction symptoms which occur in many cases anyway, and resolve themselves fairly quickly.
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red blood cells have protein embedded in their membranes.
people make antibodies against these proteins - except the ones they already have.
thus, a doners and a recipients blood "type" must match.
There's more ... but it'll start you off.
Yes, and also you have to get the bag number and serial number. Take note of the expiry and the crossmatch and screening results if passed or compatible and the blood type to be infused.
Of course! There is always a chance of someone not making it. It can happen to anyone.