What Is the Difference Between Iron Infusion and Transfusion?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 5:02:32 AM ET

An iron transfusion is a transfusion of red blood cells meant for short-term treatment of anemia; an iron infusion through an IV is meant for long-term treatment of patients with severe anemia, though it is sometimes used to quickly correct severe deficiencies, as stated by the NIH. Iron transfusions are generally considered safer than iron infusions but may not provide the same benefits.