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Blood Testing and Transfusions

At Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, we strive to provide you with the best care for you stay as well as information you need, especially when it comes to blood typing, testing and transfusions.

Your doctor might order a blood transfusion while you are in the hospital. The doctor will discuss the reason for the transfusion with you before the transfusion is given. You will need to have blood drawn once, and in some cases twice, to be sure that you are given the correct blood type. This is a practice that is required to ensure your safety. If you have any questions, please ask your nurse or doctor.


If you need blood, you have several options. These options may be limited by time and health factors. Some surgeries do not require blood transfusions. Although you have the right to refuse a blood transfusion, this decision may hold life-threatening consequences. If you have questions, please ask your physician.

Using Your Own Blood (Autologous Donation)

Using your own blood can minimize the need for transfusion with donor blood. Using your own blood will reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of transfusion-related infections and allergic reactions. Autologous blood donations are not an option for all patients. Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to donate, about the availability of these procedures, and if autologous donation is appropriate for you.

Using Someone Else’s Blood
If you choose not to donate your own blood, or if more blood is required than expected, you will receive blood from community or designated donors, if necessary.

For additional questions regarding Autologous Donation or Directed Donation, please contact the Glendale Memorial Hospital Blood Bank at (818) 502-2324.