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

Christina Chae, Obianuju Okocha, Bobbie Jean Sweitzer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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


  • Jehovah's Witness
  • anemia
  • blood
  • coagulopathy
  • transfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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