Purpose of review Jehovah's Witnesses have religious beliefs that preclude transfusion of blood products and certain medical interventions. This presents a unique dilemma and ethical challenge to healthcare providers, especially in a surgical setting. Recent findings The growing number of followers of this faith warrants a deeper look at the ethical, legal, and clinical implications of their beliefs. Advances in patient blood management now allow timely optimization before surgery. Summary Anticipating the challenges associated with managing and optimizing patients who refuse blood products allows for more favorable outcomes in the preoperative period.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Current opinion in anaesthesiology|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2020|
- Jehovah's Witness
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine