Blood Transfusions

What is a blood transfusion?

A blood transfusion is when you are given a blood product if you have abnormal blood levels. Patients may have abnormal blood levels due to blood loss from trauma or surgery, or as a result of certain medical problems. A blood product can be red blood cells, plasma, or platelets. It can also be a product that is made from plasma.

How is this service performed?

The nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature before the transfusion is started. The blood will be given through an intravenous (IV) which is a small tube or needle that is put into a vein. Your health care provider will do double-checks at your bedside before starting the transfusion to ensure the blood is matched to you. Your transfusion will take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours or more depending on what component (part) of blood you are receiving.

How do I access this service?

Your family physician or primary health care provider may refer you to us for blood transfusions depending on your medical situation.

How do I prepare for this service?

Ahead of the blood transfusion, you will come to the facility to undergo a lab test to match the blood before the blood is ordered.

You may wish to make a list of what you want to discuss with our nursing staff and specialists. Many patients find it helpful to write a list of their concerns since writing these concerns ensures they don’t forget anything.

Horizon locations offering this service:

Facility Name Address Phone
Oromocto Public Hospital 103 Winnebago St., Oromocto, New Brunswick, E2V 1C6 506-357-4700
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton) 700 Priestman St. , PO Box 9000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 3B7 506-452-5400

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Miramichi Regional Hospital 500 Water St., Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1V 3G5 506-623-3000

Facility Name Address Phone
The Moncton Hospital 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 6Z8 506-857-5111

Facility Name Address Phone
St. Joseph's Hospital (Saint John) 130 Bayard Dr., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3L6 506-632-5555
Saint John Regional Hospital 400 University Ave., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4L2 506-648-6000
Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen) 4 Garden St., St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L 2L9 506-465-4444
Sussex Health Centre 75 Leonard Dr., Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 2P7 506-432-3100

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Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville) 11300 Route 130, Waterville, New Brunswick, E7P 0A4 506-375-5900