Blood Product Transfusions and Reactions

Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;31(6):1159-1170. doi: 10.1016/j.hoc.2017.08.014.


Blood product transfusions are an essential component of the practice of emergency medicine. From acute traumatic hemorrhage to chronic blood loss necessitating transfusion for symptomatic anemia, familiarity with individual blood products and their indications for transfusion is an essential tool for every emergency physician (EP). Although the focus of this article is primarily on the transfusion of red blood cells, many of the concepts are applicable to the transfusion of all blood products. EPs must be fully familiar with both the individual blood components and the potential reactions and complications of these transfusions.

Keywords: Blood products; Fresh frozen plasma; Packed red blood cells; Transfusion.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anemia / therapy*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Erythrocyte Transfusion* / adverse effects
  • Erythrocyte Transfusion* / methods
  • Humans
  • Transfusion Reaction / diagnosis*
  • Transfusion Reaction / therapy*