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Blood transfusion

Blood transfusion involves taking blood from one person (a donor) and giving it to another. Blood transfusions are sometimes needed to replace blood lost in major accidents, during life-saving operations and after childbirth.

They may also be needed to treat other conditions when a patient is anaemic, or inherited forms of anaemia.

A blood transfusion is given through a tiny tube directly into a vein in the arm. Most people can receive a blood transfusion - premature babies, children or adults.

Definition from NHS Choices: Blood transfusion

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