When faced with a blood transfusion procedure, there can be a lot of uncertainty and fear. However, there are steps and precautions you can take that may help alleviate some of the anxiety and reduce the chance of suffering complications.
Preparing for a Blood Transfusion Procedure
When a transfusion is performed because of an emergency situation, there isn’t much an individual can do to prepare. But when it’s a planned procedure, follow the following steps.
The first tip is to make sure the doctor has clearly explained the reason for the transfusion. You should understand how the procedure will be done, the risks, and if there are alternatives to it. Reviewing this information with your doctor will help you feel secure that you did all necessary research on your specific condition.
Also make sure your blood type has been tested and confirmed. This is a critical step in making sure you receive the proper type. Some facilities may even run the test twice to be sure the correct blood type is used.
Additionally, make sure a technician has cross-matched your blood with the donor blood to check for compatibility. This may be important to avoid an adverse reaction. A simple questioning of the technician should solve this mystery for you.
Check the information on your bracelet, too, to make sure it’s correct. Ensure that the nurse checks the bracelet before beginning the procedure.
Finally, if you have any concerns, speak up. When you are uncomfortable at any point with the care you are receiving or if you are worried that there is confusion regarding your blood type, it’s important to say something. It may even prevent an adverse blood transfusion reaction.
Claims for Medical Errors Involving Blood Transfusion
If you suffer injuries, a lawyer with Mellino Robenalt LLC in Cleveland can consult with you to go over the circumstances of the procedure. Call us at 440-333-3800 to discuss whether errors with a blood transfusion procedure may warrant a claim.