Suggested Consent Language: Blood Product Transfusions

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Procedure Language

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As part of your medical treatment, you may need to receive transfusions of blood products. These products come from healthy volunteers from the general population who choose to donate blood for the use of patient. 

Risk Language

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Blood donors and blood products are carefully screened and tested to minimize the risk of transmitting any infectious disease or problems, but it is impossible to eliminate all risks. However, not receiving a transfusion when needed can carry a great risk of serious injury or death.

If your treatment schedule and general health allow, you may arrange for friends or family members to donate blood for you, but, since many products must be matched to your own blood type in order to be used, blood donated by relatives/friends may not be suitable for your use. Therefore, receiving blood products from MUSC may be best for you. Alternatives to transfusion such as hemoglobin substitutes are not in general use at this time.