Your child may require a blood transfusion due to surgery or other medical issues. We receive our blood supply from the Rhode Island Blood Center, a non-profit agency that supplies blood to many local hospitals. Blood is thoroughly screened. All donations are tested for infectious diseases, including AIDS and hepatitis. If you know in advance that your child will require a blood transfusion, it may be possible for your child to donate his or her own blood, or for friends and family members to donate for your child if their blood is the same type.
Arrangements for this type of donation must be made several weeks in advance, and should be coordinated with your child’s doctor. For more information, contact the Rhode Island Blood Center at 401-453-8360.
For parents who wish to avoid a blood transfusion for their child, the hospital’s Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Program offers a variety of options. Please call 401-444-4800 for more information
More about the Rhode Island Blood Center
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