Preoperative considerations for Jehovah's Witness patients: a clinical guide

Christina Chae, Obianuju Okocha, Bobbie Jean Sweitzer

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-440
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent opinion in anaesthesiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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