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What to expect when getting a blood transfusion?

For your transfusion, the staff will:

  • Check your name and other hospital identification before starting.
  • Check your temperature, heart rate, breathing and blood pressure before, during and after.
  • Ask how you are feeling, including if you have chills, itching, pain or other problems.
  • Watch you closely for the first 15 minutes of the transfusion and then check on you often.

How do you feel after having a blood transfusion? Your doctor may observe you for some time after the transfusion to ensure you do not develop a reaction. However, if you develop any complaints, such as a fever, dizziness, shortness of breath, or mild back pain , notify health staff immediately, as this could indicate a transfusion reaction.

What is the recovery time for a blood transfusion? In most cases, patients will start to feel better almost immediately. Regardless of how you feel, you should take the time to rest for 24-48 hours. Do not overexert yourself. Patients that have had a standard blood transfusion should be able to resume normal activities and continue your usual diet.

Can Tylenol be taken before or after a blood transfusion? Tylenol and Benadryl are given prior to the transfusion to try and thwart a minor allergic reaction, ie: febrile non-hemolytic reaction. There is some controversy regarding the use of these meds and under much discussion amongst physicians/nurse practitioners.

What happens if blood transfusion takes too long? If you are in need of large volumes of whole blood, the transfusion may take longer. Increasing the rate of transfusion can potentially damage the blood cells as they enter the body.

How do you feel after having a blood transfusion?

How do you feel after having a blood transfusion? Your doctor may observe you for some time after the transfusion to ensure you do not develop a reaction. However, if you develop any complaints, such as a fever, dizziness, shortness of breath, or mild back pain , notify health staff immediately, as this could indicate a transfusion reaction.

What is the recovery time for a blood transfusion? In most cases, patients will start to feel better almost immediately. Regardless of how you feel, you should take the time to rest for 24-48 hours. Do not overexert yourself. Patients that have had a standard blood transfusion should be able to resume normal activities and continue your usual diet.

Can Tylenol be taken before or after a blood transfusion? Tylenol and Benadryl are given prior to the transfusion to try and thwart a minor allergic reaction, ie: febrile non-hemolytic reaction. There is some controversy regarding the use of these meds and under much discussion amongst physicians/nurse practitioners.

What happens if blood transfusion takes too long? If you are in need of large volumes of whole blood, the transfusion may take longer. Increasing the rate of transfusion can potentially damage the blood cells as they enter the body.