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Blood management

Optimised blood transfusion care

HCA UK provides optimised blood transfusion care to ensure it’s the best option for you.

About

A blood management programme is based on an evidence based, multidisciplinary approach that puts the patient at the centre of all decisions related to their blood transfusion. It ensures that it is the best option for you and that you receive optimised care before, during and after your blood transfusion.

Need to know

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    A blood transfusion can be a life-saving procedure that is needed if you have severe anaemia (lack of red blood cells), sickle cell disease or have suffered severe blood loss from surgery, childbirth or a serious accident. It helps to replace some of the blood you’ve lost, or it can replace the red blood cells, plasma or platelets that are found in your blood.

    Your GP or consultant will discuss the risks and complications associated with a blood transfusion. As part of your blood management programme they will also look at alternative options such as medicine to reduce bleeding before deciding if a blood transfusion is the best option for you
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    If your consultant advises that a blood transfusion is the best treatment option for you, you will be asked you to sign a consent form. You will also have a blood test to ensure you receive blood that is appropriate for your blood type.

    During your blood transfusion you will be asked to sit down on a chair or lie on a bed. A needle that is connected to a tube and a bag of blood will be inserted into a vein in your hand or arm. The blood will then run into your arm, and it can take up to four hours for one bag of blood to be received.
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    As part of your blood management programme you will be checked on regularly during the blood transfusion to ensure that you are comfortable and don’t feel unwell. You may experience a sharp prick when the needle is inserted, and your hand or arm may ache afterwards.

    After your blood transfusion, your healthcare team will assess your condition. Unless you are very unwell or have needed a large amount of blood, you will normally be able to go home soon after.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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