My dad who is 89 and alert and able to walk on his own has been hospitalized in a month. The first time, he want to the ER. He had a nail bed infection in one finger which the retirement home doctor had started treating with an oral antibiotic. However the IV antibiotic jumpstarted the attack on the infection plus the doctor lanced the finger since it was so swollen. He was diagnosed earlier at the retirement home w/anemia. The retirement doctor had suggested an iron supplement and wanted to check into the cause. When my dad was released the first time, he came home and complained of fatigue and then became dehydrated. The retire. home doctor once again diagnosed that and wanted to send him to the ER for IV rehydration which my dad refused. The next day, he was sent to the hospital because he was still dehydrated. That was addressed at the hospital but then they started looking into his anemia. They decided w/o consulting us (my dad is competent) administered blood transfusion to jumpstart his red blood cell production and some hours later an antibiotic for his finger (which seemed almost healed to us). Not quite 24 hours later, he had a low-grade fever and some diarrhea. Now he is on an antibiotic. My brother and I who are close by told the staff that any intervention needs to be cleared by us. Has anyone had an elderly relative get a blood transfusion? What have been your experiences?