A blood transfusion is rarely needed for nutritional anemia. But, it can be done if it's serious. Transfusions will boost healthy red blood cells (RBCs) and raise the amount of oxygen in the body. They can be done as needed.
The blood is donated. It's screened fully before being given to someone else. A needle is placed into a vein. Blood drips slowly through the IV and into your bloodstream. Your healthcare staff will watch your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. They will also make sure you're not having a reaction. After the transfusion has finished, the needle is taken out.
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD Last Updated: 10/15/2018