Patients may decline blood product transfusions for many reasons. The most common reason for declining transfusion is a religious objection among Jehovah’s Witnesses. Caring for Jehovah’s Witnesses may present a unique challenge to providers around the time of surgery when blood loss can be expected. However, with proper planning and management, most surgeries can be performed safely with outcomes comparable to patients who accept transfusions.
KeywordsPreoperative Perioperative Jehovah’s Witnesses Patients who decline transfusion
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