Blood transfusions

Responsible care, correct identification of the patient, selection of the right product, and compatibility testing of blood products well in advance are key factors in ensuring the safety of blood transfusions. If you encounter any issues or have any inquiries regarding blood transfusion, don’t hesitate to reach out to the blood center at your own hospital. The knowledgeable professionals from the Blood Service are available round the clock and can be contacted at any time.

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Blood components are biological material

Every year, around 40,000 patients get the help they need from blood donated by volunteers. Red blood cell products are transfused the most, and more than half of them for surgical patients. An important group of patients who receive blood transfusions are premature babies.

Blood transfusion treatment differs significantly from drug treatment. Red blood cell and platelet products also contain a small amount of the blood donor’s plasma – i.e. everything that flows in the blood donor’s veins at the time of donation. That is why every blood product is unique.

Instructions for blood transfusion

Preparing for a blood transfusion in the treatment unit, checking the blood product, identifying the patient and documentation and tracability of the blood transfusion.
Rules for transfusing in case of blood group deviations.


Report an adverse event

Instructions for reporting an adverse event and sending the necessary samples.


Blood transfusion reactions, incorrect transfusions and near misses

Allergic reactions
Hemolytic reactions
Pulmonary reactions
Febrile non-hemolytic reactions
Other reactions

Definitions, symptoms, causes and investigation (FI)

Blood products

Red cells, platelets and plasma products

Blood products