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Legal considerations for allogeneic blood transfusion.
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PMID:  8546243     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Our legal system seeks to resolve conflicts while also taking societal concerns into account. In striving for conflict resolution, the court performs a balancing act that weighs legitimate but differing individual and societal needs. Accordingly, in the preoperative setting, surgery patients are afforded the opportunity to accept or reject transfusions or alternatives to transfusion. The current legal standard is that alternatives to allogeneic transfusions should be offered to and carefully considered for patients. This article reviews blood shield laws, malpractice, and informed consent considerations in allogeneic blood transfusion. It also examines issues involved in refusal of transfusions. The discussion assumes that a physician-patient relationship exists and that the patient requires a surgical procedure in which blood loss is a reasonable probability. Guidelines are offered for preoperative physician-patient discussion of transfusion issues in light of the present status of transfusion law.
E B Goldman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  170     ISSN:  0002-9610     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  1995 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-02-13     Completed Date:  1996-02-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27S-31S     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Banks / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
Blood Transfusion / legislation & jurisprudence*
Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence
Physician-Patient Relations
Treatment Refusal / legislation & jurisprudence
United States

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