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Types of Blood Transfusions

Types of Blood Transfusion

Most of the donated blood collected by the American Red Cross is used for direct blood transfusions. Common types of blood transfusions including platelet, plasma and red blood cell transfusions.

Red Blood Cell Transfusions

A patient suffering from an iron deficiency or anemia, a condition where the body does not have enough red blood cells, may receive a Red Blood Cell Transfusion. This type of transfusion increases a patient’s hemoglobin and iron levels, while improving the amount of oxygen in the body.

Platelet Transfusions

Platelets are a component of blood that stops the body from bleeding. Often patients suffering from leukemia, or other types of cancer, have lower platelet counts as a side effect of their chemotherapy treatments. Patients who have illnesses that prevent the body from making enough platelets have to get regular transfusions to stay healthy.

Plasma Transfusions

Plasma is the liquid part of the body’s blood. It contains important proteins and other substances crucial to one’s overall health. Plasma transfusions are used for patients with liver failure, severe infections, and serious burns.


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