Can a blood transfusion be given in home?

A fellow caregiver asked...

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

Expert Answer

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.