Blood Transfusion (cont.)
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Almost all of the blood used for blood transfusions is donated by volunteers.
For details on the donation process, see Donating Blood.
Safety of donated blood
The process of blood donation and the handling of donated blood in the United States is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA enforces five layers of overlapping safeguards to protect the blood supply against disease.
Donating blood for your own use
If you are going to have surgery and expect to need a blood transfusion, you may want to consider donating or banking your own blood before the surgery (autologous donation).
For more information on this option, see:
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