JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

12.1: Anxiety about the risks of blood transfusion

A frank and sympathetic discussion with a well-informed doctor, nurse or transfusion practitioner may be successful in allaying concern. Provision of clear, balanced information on the risks and benefits of transfusion and, where appropriate, alternatives to transfusion, is a key component of obtaining informed consent (see Chapter 4). The UK Blood Transfusion Services provide a range of quality assured information resources for patients, parents and their families (http://hospital.blood.co.uk/library/patient_information_leaflets/leaflets/ and http://www.scotblood.co.uk/media/11442/receiving_a_transfusion_v12.pdf).