Are D-Y-I blood transfusions possible?
February 1, 2010 10:38 AM Subscribe
What's the bare minimum in equipment necessary for a blood transfusion?
posted by edguardo to health & fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, my girlfriend recently remarked that her neighbors growing up were both hemophiliacs. I said it would be pretty alarming for a kid to look into their fridge and see packets of emergency blood, since the only explanation that would make sense at that age would be... that they're vampires.
Someone nearby overheard and chastised me for my stupidity, explaining that blood transfusions can only be performed in a hospital. So, mefi, how stupid am I, really?
I know that there are direct and indirect blood transfusions, with direct tranfusions coming from a compatible donor, and indirect tranfusions coming from blood stored in a blood bank. It seems like an indirect transfusion would be possible at home with fairly minimal equipment, and Wikipedia even has a picture of a syringe-like device for direct field transfusions:
So, could a hemophiliac just keep refridgerated blood on hand for use in emergency transfusions following an injury, for example?
If so, how would they perform the transfusion? If not, why couldn't/shouldn't they?