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Blood Transfusions

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source: KidsHealth


A blood transfusion is a fairly simple medical procedure. In a transfusion, a patient receives whole blood or one of its parts through an intravenous line, or IV. This is a tiny tube that is inserted into a vein using a small needle.

While patients are likely to feel a brief pinch of the needle, a blood transfusion is mostly painless. Still, because it involves a needle, kids might be anxious if they have to get one. So it helps to understand how a transfusion is done. That way, you can feel confident about what is happening and help put your child at ease.

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