USMLE Forums banner

The Ethics of Jehovah Witness and Blood Transfusion

7982 Views 18 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  aknz
It seems that the Ethics questions can be a bit tricky on the NBME, so i thought I'd post a couple from a Kaplan book I have.

An unconscious man is brought to the ED for a MVA hemorrhaging profusely, hypotensive and stuporous. You have never met him and no one at your institution knows him. He is wearing a t-shirt that says, "Kiss me, I'm a Jehovah's Witness".
What should you do about the blood transfusion?
a) Give the blood
b) Wait for him to awaken enough to sign consent
c) Wait for the family
d) Seek a court order
e) Give IV fluids alone

Explain your reasoning if you'd like!
  • Like
Reactions: 5
1 - 2 of 19 Posts
Jehovah witness and blood transfusion

there is this question in uw Q 3616 regarding blood transfusion in emergency life threatening situation in Jehovah witness...wife says dont transfuse...
shouldn't the transfusion be stopped ...isn't wife or spouse speaks of patient's wishes....:confused::confused::confused::confused:
  • Like
Reactions: 1
thanks guys
1 - 2 of 19 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.