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Blood transfusion

What is blood transfusion?
A blood transfusion is the transfer of blood/blood products from one person into another person’s bloodstream (patient). They usually do this when the patient or the receiver of the blood has lost a lot of blood or if the patient has a condition like a disease that requires frequent blood transfusions.

How is blood transfusions done?
Blood transfusions can be very dangerous it is done through tubing connetected to a needle or the correct name for it is a catheter that is put into a vein the amount of blood given depends on the patient’s condition and depends on how much blood that the patient has lost.

How is the blood used? What is a blood bank?
Blood banks are used in many different ways but the most common use for blood is if the patient or if the person has lost a lot of blood in a crash or in any other way. A blood bank is a place where blood or components of blood is donated to and then is stored. “Blood bank” is usually referred to a division of a hospital laboratory where storage and tests are preformed

When was the first blood transfusion?
The first human blood transfusion that has been written down and recorded was in June 15,1667 by a man named Jean-Baptiste Denys he was the personal physician to Frances Louis XIV generally credited for the first blood transfusion

The Science behind blood transfusion?
Blood transfusions may also be used to treat severe anaemia or thrombocytopenia caused by blood disease. People suffering from hemophilia or sickle-cell disease may require frequent blood transfusion

How do blood transfusions affect frequent recipients?
There is a side affect called alloimmunization this is when a frequent patient who receives many blood products there body can build up antibodies to fight against what they think is a enemy

How does blood transfusion affect the economy?
It can affect the economy in a good or in a bad way because normally people in most countries have their insurance company pay for it or they pay for it straight out of their own pocket but in some. Less developed countries people may not be able to afford it so the government is just pumping funds into this and they are not getting anything back from it.

Bibliography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_bank www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/06/dayintech_0615 www.news-medical.net/health/what-is-a-blood-transfusion.aspx www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/treatment/blood-transfusion