Reasons for a transfusion

Reasons for a transfusion
Reasons for a transfusion

The resources in this section cover:

Pregnancy & childbirth

There are several situations that may occur during or immediately after pregnancy and require treatment with blood products including anaemia, bleeding, prevention of haemolytic disease of the newborn and immune platelet disorders.

Iron deficiency

Iron is a mineral nutrient that is essential for your body to function normally and to make haemoglobin (Hb). The treatment of iron deficiency is iron replacement therapy. Transfusion is rarely required.

Bleeding disorder

Bleeding disorders are a group of conditions where blood cannot clot properly. Transfusion of platelets or plasma products may be required to assist with clotting. Red cells may also be required if blood loss is severe.


Anaemia is a medical term for low red blood cell count or haemoglobin and often results in a lack of oxygen to the cells. Anaemia can be caused by many medical conditions. Transfusion of red cells may be required if anaemia becomes severe.