QUOTE (MsN @ 06/12/2012, 04:40 PM)
Maybe your friend should make a decision based on the advice of her medically trained caregivers who are familiar with get medical situation.
Rather than ask a bunch of random lay people who don't know a thing about your friend.
I agree but to answer your question:
If the friend is in need of blood (like it sounds like they are otherwise it would not have been recommended) due to anemia this is the quickest way and easiest.
Blood is well screened in australia, risks are minimal and the transfusion will be well observed.
Not being able to donate yourself for 12 months
I had to have on after a hysterectomy when my blood levels dropped way too low. Three bags and I was much better than I had been in a while. I am glad that I had it done (although I pretty much had no choice) as I was pretty much unconscious before hand. Tell your friend to listen CAREFULLY to the medical advice given and make the decision accordingly.