Blood transfusion in the home can be done safely provided certain precautions are taken.



(1) availability of a compatible product

(2) no unresolved serologic problems

(3) proper education with consent from the patient

(4) proper collection, labeling, and handling of the patient specimens

(5) positive identification of the patient

(6) controlled temperature of the blood product during transport.

(7) appropriate infusion equipment available

(8) adherence to blood infusion policies and practices (no addition of medications, completion within 4 hours, etc).

(9) appropriate monitoring during the infusion

(10) emergency supplies for anaphylaxis or other transfusion reaction

(11) means of emergency communication

(12) access to emergency services if a problem arises

(13) system for disposal of biohazardous waste

(14) appropriate documentation of the final disposition of the product

(15) someone competent to monitor the patient for late transfusion reactions


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