Elective surgerydiscuss

1. Risks of surgery and the specific risk of refusing blood.

2. Extent of religious belief (preferably alone to prevent any external pressure).

3. What blood derived products they personally are willing to accept e.g. albumin, FFP, platelets, etc?

If the surgeon agrees to an operation, communication then becomes paramount and the Jehovah's Witness should be referred to both an anaesthetist and haematologist—preferably when the patient is placed on the waiting list to allow time for any optimisation and for further counselling with their family.

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