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Acute Intraoperative Blood Loss in a Jehovah’s Witness—Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues 

Acute Intraoperative Blood Loss in a Jehovah’s Witness—Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues
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Acute Intraoperative Blood Loss in a Jehovah’s Witness—Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues
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Myrna Kcomt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190850692.003.0021
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date: 10 December 2019

The objective of this chapter is to explore the medical, ethical, and legal problems that arise when providing an anesthetic to a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) patient. The first part of the chapter consists of a stem case and key questions. The second part provides an overview of ethical principles, legal history, and considerations that a physician anesthesiologist should have knowledge of to give optimal patient care. Techniques that anesthesiologists may use on a JW patient who refuses blood transfusion are clearly delineated in the chapter. The remainder of the chapter consists of board type questions. Medical, ethical, and legal issues challenge the anesthesia treatment of a JW. It is to the advantage of both the JW patient and everyone in the medical community to be better informed and educated about the latest therapies and help available for JW patients.

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