13. Techniques of Blood Transfusion

  1. Jeffrey McCullough MD

Published Online: 8 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444398748.ch13

Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition

Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition

How to Cite

McCullough, J. (2011) Techniques of Blood Transfusion, in Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444398748.ch13

Author Information

  1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337051

Online ISBN: 9781444398748



  • blood transfusion techniques;
  • transfusion-related fatalities;
  • management errors;
  • leukocyte depletion filters;
  • venous access;
  • handling techniques;
  • infusion pumps;
  • effective care


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Obtaining consent for transfusion

  • Obtaining the blood sample for compatibility testing

  • Blood administration sets and filters

  • Venous access and the venipuncture

  • Infusion solutions

  • Identification of the patient and blood component

  • Starting the transfusion

  • Rate and duration of transfusion

  • Warming of blood

  • Infusion pumps

  • Nursing care of patients receiving a transfusion

  • Transfusion techniques for children and neonates

  • Transfusion of platelets and plasma

  • Transfusion of hematopoietic stem cell products

  • Transfusion in the nonhospital setting

  • References