Education And Debate

Alternative management procedures should be used

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1424
  1. J Watt
  1. Strichen, Fraserburgh AB43 4TH.

    The report by Finfer et al highlights the fact that patients can survive extreme haemodilution and that alternative non-blood management works. The first patient survived despite a haemoglobin concentration of 16 g/l, among the lowest reported.1,2

    The integrity of the two young men has to be admired. Confronted with a life threatening situation they firmly held to the counsel given to Christians, and accepted by Jehovah's Witnesses, to “abstain from blood.”3,4 The specialists clearly understood their legal and ethical obligations to …

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