Blood component transfusions, also called blood transfusions, can improve a patient's condition. They can even save a patient’s life. The number of patients who become very ill or die from a blood component is very small when compared to the benefits that blood components can provide.

Discuss the specific need or reason for the blood component you or your child is about to receive with your doctor.

Blood components are often used to replace red blood cells or other elements of the blood that are missing or at low levels due to an injury or illness.