Questions to ask about blood transfusions

These questions may help you discuss blood transfusions with your healthcare team.

Finding out what's wrong (diagnosis)

  • Do I have a condition that means I will need regular blood transfusions?

About blood transfusion

  • Can you tell me more about blood transfusions?

  • How many blood transfusions will I need to have?

  • Will having a blood transfusion affect me later in life?

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area?

  • I can't have some/any types of blood transfusions because they go against my beliefs. What alternative treatments can I have?

Treatments

  • Why have you decided to offer me this particular type of treatment?

  • What are the pros and cons of this treatment?

  • What will it involve?

  • How will it help me? What effect will it have on my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • Are there any risks with this treatment?

  • Are there other treatments I could have instead?

  • Where can I (and my family/carers) find more information?

No treatment

  • What will happen if I choose not to have the treatment you have offered?

Side effects

  • What side effects might I get?

  • What should I do if I get any side effects? (For example, who should I contact?)

  • Are there any long-term effects of having this treatment?

For family members, friends or carers

  • What can I/we do as carer(s) to help and support the person who needs a blood transfusion?

  • Is there any additional support that I/we as carer(s) might benefit from or be entitled to?

Following up on your treatment

  • When should I start to feel better and what should I do if I don't start to feel better by then?

  • Does the length/dose of my current treatment need to be changed?

  • Can I still donate blood and organs after I have had a blood transfusion?

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