Blood transfusions may be recommended by your doctor. Transfusions are performed on an outpatient basis in Room 219 at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.
Blood transfusion is the process of receiving blood products into one's circulation intravenously. Transfusions are used for a variety of medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood.
During a blood transfusion, a small needle is used to insert an IV line into one of your blood vessels. Through this line, you receive healthy blood. The procedure usually takes 1 to 4 hours, depending on how much blood you need.
Blood transfusions are very common. Each year, almost 5 million Americans need a blood transfusion. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital's laboratory operates a blood bank and receives blood from the American Red Cross. Our laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, conducted in an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors. It certifies that the laboratory’s blood bank and transfusion services meet the highest industry quality standards.