Jehovah's Witnesses. The surgical/ethical challenge.

  title={Jehovah's Witnesses. The surgical/ethical challenge.},
  author={Joseph L. Dixon and M Gene Smalley},
  volume={246 21},
Physicians face a special challenge in treating Jehovah's Witnesses. Members of this faith have deep religious convictions against accepting homologous or autologous whole blood, packed RBCs, WBCs, or platelets. Many will allow the use of (non-blood-prime) heart-lung, dialysis, or similar equipment if the extracorporeal circulation is uninterrupted. Medical personnel need not be concerned about liability, for Witnesses will take adequate legal steps to relieve liability as to their informed… CONTINUE READING