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Religious restrictions and the trauma patient.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9155308     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article discusses some of the dilemmas the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) faces when the patient refuses potential life-saving blood products or a blood transfusion. Even if the CRNA disagrees with the patient's decision, the patient's right to refuse is taken very seriously in the legal arena. Without a court order, the patient cannot be forced to receive blood or blood products. It would be easier if there were clear guidelines; unfortunately, these do not exist. In the past, courts were more likely to agree with the anesthesia provider and order the transfusion, even if the patient were competent. Today, courts are less likely to do so in these cases. However, there are circumstances in which obtaining a court order for the transfusion is more predictable, such as if the patient is a child in a true emergency situation, or if the patient is pregnant and the fetus is viable.
L Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  CRNA : the clinical forum for nurse anesthetists     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1048-2687     ISO Abbreviation:  CRNA     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-29     Completed Date:  1997-05-29     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109511     Medline TA:  CRNA     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-4     Citation Subset:  E; N    
Colombia Presbyterian/St Luke's Medical Center, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Transfusion*
Ethics, Nursing
Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
Mental Competency
Multiple Trauma / psychology,  therapy*
Nurse Anesthetists / legislation & jurisprudence*
Treatment Refusal / legislation & jurisprudence*
United States

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