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Responsible care is the basis of safe blood transfusion treatment

In Finland, 200,000 units of red cell components, 40,000 units of thrombocyte components, and 40,000 units of fresh frozen plasma are used every year. Most of the blood transfusions are performed without any problems. However, transfusions do not always benefit the patient, and sometimes they may cause unexpected adverse reactions. Each transfusion of a blood product needs to be based on a clear indication, deriving from the patient's needs.

​Blood being a biological material, its use requires great care and good orientation. Correct identification of the patient, selection of the right product, and compatibility testing of blood products well in advance are the key factors in ensuring the safety of blood transfusions.

In case of problems and in any questions related to blood transfusion, the experts of the Blood Service can be reached 24/7. In special cases, it is advised that you contact them as early as possible. Typical special situations related to blood transfusion include the patient's rare blood group, various red cell antibodies, IgA deficiency, HLA and HPA immunizations, or the need of other special products.

The Blood Service organises active training related to blood transfusions. In addition to regular training days held at the Blood Service, we can also arrange training events in accordance with customer needs and in the customer's premises.

The purpose of blood safety activity is to collect information on adverse reactions caused by blood products, transfusion-related adverse events, and transfusion errors. The objective of the activity is to ensure as safe blood transfusions as possible. You can contact the Blood Safety Office whenever transfusion-related adverse reactions or transfusion errors are suspected. Any blood safety tests and investigations conducted by the Blood Service are free of charge to the hospital. Any severe adverse reactions and events should always be reported to the Blood Safety Office.