Blood Transfusions for Children

This information is useful for children
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our pediatric hematologists, oncologists, surgeons and many other work together to provide the best transfusion experience.
  • All blood supplied to Yale's blood banks is thoroughly screened.
  • We regularly update our transfusion guidelines to match new research.

Every year in the United States, approximately five million people, including children, receive life-saving blood transfusions. Blood transfusions are typically administered without complication. However, when a child will be having a transfusion, it's important for parents to be aware of the way the procedure works and the potential complications that may occur, even if the risks are low.