Preparing for a Blood Transfusion Procedure
When a transfusion is performed in an emergency situation, there isn’t much you can do to prepare. If it’s a planned procedure, you may wish to heed the following tips.
First, make sure your doctor has clearly explained the reason for the transfusion. You should understand how the procedure will be done, the risks, and if there are any alternatives.
Second, make sure your blood type has been tested and confirmed. This is a critical step in making sure that you receive the proper type. Some facilities may even run the test twice to be sure the correct blood type is used.
Third, ask the technician if he or she has cross-checked your blood with the donor to ensure compatibility. This can help avoid an adverse reaction.
Be sure to check the information on your ID bracelet, and make sure the nurse checks your bracelet before beginning the procedure.
Finally, if you have any concerns, speak up. If you’re uncomfortable at any point with the care you’re receiving or if you’re worried that there is confusion regarding your blood type, it’s important to say something. It may even prevent an adverse blood transfusion reaction.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim for a Blood Transfusion Mistake?
Attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have about blood transfusion complications. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.
Why Should I Trust Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt to Handle My Blood Transfusion Claim?
First, Mellino Robenalt does not advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.
Second, Chris and Tom are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.
Third, medical malpractice claims are time consuming and labor intensive, so we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms:
- take every case that walks in the door,
- settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers, so they can fund their next commercial to bring in even more clients, and
- leave their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, or case managers.
We only pursue compensation for patients who’ve suffered a life-threatening injury or disability. By limiting the number of cases we accept, we’re able to give each claim the attention it deserves.
Last but not least, since 2010, Mellino Robenalt is the only medical malpractice law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.
If you have questions about your blood transfusion, a potential medical malpractice claim, or whether you still have time to file a claim in Ohio, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt invite you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.