Can a blood transfusion be given in home?

2 answers | Last updated: Jun 29, 2015
A fellow caregiver asked...

Do you give blood inside the home or is that something that just occurs at a facility?

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Blood transfusions have to be given in a facility that contains a blood bank.  There are several reasons for this.  When we give blood, a person is first tested for their blood type, to make sure the proper type is given.  Then, we start the blood infusion slowly, as the person can have a reaction to the blood.   They need to be monitored closely, to make sure a tranfusion reaction doesn't occur.  Since such intense monitoring and testing is needed, a blood transfusion cannot be given safely in someone's home.

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Pabloisbell answered...

Blood transfusion is a process through which an intravenous (IV) line, blood is given to the patient. This process usually performs either in hospital or doctor's clinic, but it is less common to have in a person's home. It is usually perform where the blood bank facility is available because it is first tested in the laboratory with the equipments that you can see on to make sure that transfusion reaction doesn't occur. Hence, having such intense monitoring, it is not possible to have a blood transfusion at home.