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Incompatible Blood Transfusion Complication

For abnormal blood count or blood loss, a blood transfusion may be necessary. All blood banks and medical centers have stringent rules, which they must adhere to related to safe transfusions.

Adverse reactions by patients to the blood infusion and staff mistakes, even with necessary regulations, can complicate the process, which can result in the patient sustaining injuries.

Patients and their loved ones should know of the likelihood of these complications prior to any consent to a blood transfusion. But, unfortunately, complications due happen. Whether it is negligence of a doctor, nurse or even an intern, a medical professional should be held responsible for the mistakes the make.

If you or a loved one has been injured incompatible blood transfusion complication, you may be eligible to file for a medical malpractice claim.

Contact Anzalone Law Firm PLLC for a free consultation by calling: 603.548.3797.

Incompatible Blood Transfusion Complication Statistics

Previously, we discussed about errors during the process of blood transfusions. Recent research confirms that approximately 20 percent of the errors from incompatibility of blood type are committed by the attending doctor in the operating room.

As for blood type incompatibility, there are two types: red blood cell, or Hemolytic, incompatibility can include symptoms, such as: low blood pressure, shock, failure to the kidney, and rapid heartbeat.

Bleeding that is uncontrollable from ears, nose, skin, mouth, or an incision surgically. This is referred to as DIC, or disseminated intravascular coagulation.

Blood transfusions can help thousands of individuals, but these procedures can also be fatal. Mistakes in blood transfusions can result in infection, catastrophic injury, or even death.

Typical Results Due to Errors in Blood Transfusion

The fault for an error in the blood transfusion can be placed on a healthcare provider administering the procedure and/or the medical center.

With blood transfusions, reasons for an occurrence of an error can include the following: patient ID and labeling mix-ups; improper storing of blood; a variety of samples being cross-matched; lack of sufficient training for members of staff; and between healthcare providers, a break in communication.

AHTR, or Acute Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction, is a condition when the wrong blood type is received during a blood transfusion.

This disorder is the most usual cause of death from blood transfusions, and can be thoroughly preventable if healthcare providers take necessary precautions to make sure the blood type is correct before a patient receives a blood transfusion.

Contaminated blood can also have fatal results if it was not tested properly for HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, or various other diseases.


If you or a member of the family have sustained or suffer from an illness or injury due to a blood transfusion error or reaction, you could be entitled to full compensation for your medical expenses. In some cases, we may even be able to help you collect compensation for your loss of income during your recovery process.

If you lost a loved one due to incompatible blood transfusion complication, you may be able to collect for his/her loved one’s medical expenses, funeral expenses and loss of income if he/she was the breadwinner in the family. Call 603.548.3797 for a consultation.

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