Fact 19 – Jehovah’s Witness: What equipment should be available during surgery as an alternative to blood transfusion?

If a Jehovah’s Witness patient is scheduled for surgery, a “Cell Saver” (Intra-operative Cell Salvage) might be required, as an alternative to the potential need for blood transfusion.

In this cases, the decision to use a Cell Saver should be discussed with the patient pre-operatively and an informed consent obtained.

Note: Jehovah’s Witnesses avoid blood transfusion because according to their religious beliefs they should abstain from blood (see below).

“You must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh because the life of every sort of flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it will be cut off.” Leviticus 17:14

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Se um paciente Testemunha de Jeová for submetido para cirurgia, um “Cell Saver” (Recuperação Intra-operatória de Sangue) pode ser necessário, como uma alternativa à potencial necessidade de transfusão de sangue.

Nestes casos, a decisão de usar um Cell Saver deve ser discutida com o paciente no pré-operatório e um consentimento informado deve ser obtido.

Nota: As Testemunhas de Jeová evitam a transfusão de sangue porque, de acordo com suas crenças religiosas, devem abster-se de sangue (veja abaixo).

“Não comereis o sangue de nenhuma carne, porque a vida de toda a carne é o seu sangue; qualquer que o comer será extirpado.”Levítico 17:14

 

References / Referencias:

England, John. Perioperative Topics: Test and Learn.: For Nurses, Anaesthetic Technicians, and Emergency Practitioners. (p. 117). Kindle Edition.

AAGBI – Blood Transfusion and the Anaesthetist Intra-operative Cell Salvage

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