Managing Patients Who Refuse Blood Transfusions: An Ethical Dilemma
Wilson, David H.
Jones, Michael A.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1994 May 28; 308(6941): 1423-1426.
Patients who refuse blood transfusions after severe blood loss have a poor prognosis but survival is possible. Below Simon Finfer and colleagues describe how they managed two patients who presented after a car crash. We asked an ethical expert, a former pathologist who is a Jehovah's Witness, and a lawyer to comment on the issues that these cases raised.
Alternatives; Blood; Blood Transfusions; Case Studies; Competence; Developing Countries; Injuries; Intensive Care Units; Jehovah's Witnesses; Legal Liability; Legal Obligations; Liability; Moral Obligations; Mortality; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Prognosis; Religion; Resource Allocation; Treatment Refusal;
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