Informed consent

Informed consent is a legal procedure that makes sure patients know the benefits and risks of getting a blood transfusion. Informed consent also ensures that patients are aware of any of alternatives to having a blood transfusion.

Informed consent and transfusion medicine

Getting informed consent is an important part in transfusion medicine for two reasons:

  • It is important that every patient know the benefits, risks and potential medically appropriate alternatives before receiving blood products, to help inform their decisions; and
  • Informed consent is a requirement for accreditation of all hospital facilities that provide products for transfusion.

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