Canterbury DHB


Transfusion Reactions

Transfusion of blood and blood products is associated with risks and they should only be administered when the benefits are considered to outweigh these risks. Adverse transfusion reactions occur with 0.5-4% of all transfusions. If a transfusion related adverse event occurs, this should be recorded on the appropriate notification form. In this circumstance, please contact the Transfusion Nurse Specialist 81620 or the Transfusion Medicine Specialist 80310. We emphasise the need for Haemovigilance, which is a national programme aimed at making blood transfusion safer.

In This Section

Mild Transfusion Reaction: Diagnosis and Treatment

Severe Transfusion Reaction: Diagnosis and Treatment

Delayed Transfusion Reactions

Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)

Transfusion-associated Circulatory Overload

Transfusion of Infected Blood

Transfusion - Associated Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Post-Transfusion Purpura

About this Canterbury DHB document (5109):

Document Owner:

Steve Gibbons (see Who's Who)

Last Reviewed:

June 2019

Next Review:

June 2022


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Topic Code: 5109