Your blood will be tested before a transfusion to determine whether your blood type is A, B, AB or O and whether your blood is Rh positive or Rh negative. The donated blood used for your transfusion must be compatible with your blood type.
You don't need to change your activity levels or diet before a transfusion.
If you've had a reaction to prior blood transfusions, be sure to tell your doctor.
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