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Responsibility for decision to give transfusion remains with doctor, not patient

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.779 (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:779
  1. Nigel G B Richardson, Specialist registrar in surgery,
  2. Patricia M Jones, Specialist registrar in anaesthesia
  1. St George's Hospital, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR—In an editorial on consent for transfusion Williams identified two key issues: whether consent for transfusion is appropriate and whether it is valid.1 The author stated that the controversy does not hinge on the need to inform patients adequately. We dispute this and propose that, if done adequately, this is exactly the factor that ensures that consent is both appropriate and valid, regardless of whether a formal consent form is signed by a patient in the presence of a healthcare professional. …

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