Indications for red cell transfusion

Blood loss


Bone marrow failure

Post-chemotherapy, leukaemias, etc. Supportive therapy with concentrated cells

Inherited RBC disorders

Homozygous (3-thalassaemia

Red cell aplasia, etc.

Hb SS (some circumstances)

Acquired RBC disorders

Myelofibrosis Myelodysplasia

Some chronic disorder anaemias Selected use in renal failure

Neonatal & exchange transfusions

Haemolytic disease of the newborn Meningococcal septicaemia Falciparum malaria

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