Blood Transfusion Reaction Guidelines Oncology/Hematology Clinic
Most blood transfusions are safe. In a small number of cases (2-7%), reactions may occur. They may be minor or serious and therefore require prompt recognition and treatment.
What to Watch For
- Fever – may occur during a transfusion or not until a few hours after it is infused. You may or may not notice any chills.
- Hives or skin rash – may occur with or without itching. They may also occur during or after a transfusion.
- Asthma-like symptoms – may include problems breathing, wheezing, or tightness in the chest. You may also feel a thickness of the tongue or notice problems when you swallow or talk.
- Dark urine
- Back pain
- Cough – chest pain or shortness of breath.
What to Do
- Call your doctor/clinic if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
- The Clinic telephone number is 608-265-1700 or toll free 1-800-323-8942.
- After hours, call the hospital paging operator at 608-262-0486 or the toll free number and ask the operator to page the oncology, hematology or bone marrow transplant doctor on call
- If your symptoms are severe, you should have someone drive you to your local emergency room or call 911.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 01/16/2013
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