While visiting someone at the local hospital I saw this leaflet " Will I Need A Blood Transfusion ? - Patient Information"
Now I was raised in the belief that doctors are transfusion-happy and just give you one willy nilly if they operate , further that a trans. is a sure way to contract AIDS , Hepatitis or something equally nasty. That belief is fondly stuck to by the dubs I know well.... So what does this booklet say?
The opening words are:
"Like all medical treatments, a blood transfusion should only be given if it is essential. Where possible, your doctor, nurse or midwife (or other healthcare professional) should discuss the risks and possible alternatives with you, before obtaining your consent for the procedure."
That is different.. further
"Blood transfusion is only needed for a small number of patients having an operation. It may be possible to recycle your own blood during an operation, ask your healthcare professional if this is appropriate for you. "
Well, well well...but is it not risky?
Compared to other everyday risks, the likelihood of getting an infection from a blood transfusion is very low. ......
Further information is to be found at the NHS site " Blood Transfusion Risks" where it says:
It’s extremely rare for someone to develop a viral infection from a blood transfusion, as the blood services use strict testing processes. For example, it is estimated that:
- the risk of getting hepatitis B is about 1 in 1.3 million
- the risk of getting hepatitis C is about 1 in 28 million
- the risk of getting HIV is about 1 in 6.5 million
- There hasn't been a recorded case of someone developing a viral infection from a blood transfusion since 2005."
Now I looked at the J W Site and their video " Transfusion Alternative Strategies" .. which gives dark warnings of viral infection risks . This is dated yr. 2000 which is 17 years ago ! When did the doctors make their comments? We don't know. The brochure " How can Blood Save Your Life" which is still the current item was dated 1990, that is 27 years ago. Times change you know...
As far as I can tell, as a layman, if you live in the developed world Blood transfusions are as safe as any other medical procedure and the WTS is misleading it's members to say different !