Transfusion replacement strategies in jehovah’s witnesses and others who decline blood products

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    Abstract

    The use of blood transfusions is a mainstay of modern medical practice. Jehovah’s Witnesses decline the use of blood transfusions as a matter of faith, however, and other patients do so for personal reasons. In all cases, it is important to document what blood products can or cannot be used. It is also essential to test all patients for iron deficiency, and to address any correctable factors in those who are anemic. This article reviews a variety of options that are available to aid in caring for patients who refuse blood trans-fusions, ranging from tranexamic acid to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents. With the use of these treatments, patients who decline blood transfusion can be safely managed in situations ranging from elective surgery to stem cell transplant to pregnancy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)826-836
    Number of pages11
    JournalClinical Advances in Hematology and Oncology
    Volume18
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - Dec 2020

    Keywords

    • Blood transfusion
    • Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents
    • Jehovah’s Witnesses
    • Tranexamic acid

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Hematology
    • Oncology

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