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This is a discussion on jehovahs witness- refusing to.. in Emergency Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... Hi everyone. On my last shift I came across an interesting situation. I had a 67y/o man come in...by Sezgirl86 Apr 24, '12Hi everyone. On my last shift I came across an interesting situation.
I had a 67y/o man come in with chest pain who spoke very little English (I can't remember exactly where he was from). Long story short, it was very difficult to obtain consent from him to obtain blood. I completely understand the religion in relation to refusing blood transfusions but I've never came across a Jehovahs witness who didn't want to give blood for a test? He eventually agreed when I explained that I would be only taking a small amount and that it was to help us help his chest pain....
I'm just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience?
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- Apr 25, '12 by DixieleeI don't have a definitive answer, but it may have been just a translation misunderstanding. He may not have understood that it was a lab test and not a transfusion. Just my guess.
- Apr 25, '12 by boyfactoryI have never had any problem allowing the JW population allowing me to obtain blood. That is new to me. I did once have a young girl with a hct of 9 that flat out refused blood products and would only take fluids.
- Apr 26, '12 by MrWarmHeartedYes, sounds like a translation issue (clearly not a Jehovah Witness issue). Doesn't your ER have access to translators?
- Apr 26, '12 by thelema13I had a JW patient with an Hgb of 6.1, refused transfusion and kept having syncopal episodes. We couldn't force her to take blood. It's their right to die...
- Apr 27, '12 by brainkandy87Definitely a translation issue or he was a new JW. My Mom and grandparents are JW's and have been their entire lives (and the only grandchild turned out to be an atheist, bazinga), so I've met a wide range of JW's. The ones that are very new to the religion tend to take the beliefs to the extreme, which could've been one reason why he was refusing to even give blood.
- Apr 29, '12 by MrWarmHeartedAdditionally, sometimes people confuse Jehovah's Witnesses with other denominations (like "Christian Scientists") who just believe in prayers to heal everything. FYI - if a jehovah's witness comes to the hospital, they are seeking treatment.
of course, JW do not believe in the use of blood for treatment (as it is against Bible principles regarding blood (Acts 15:28-29) but will accept alternative forms of treatment.
- Apr 29, '12 by rjflynThough we do work in the ED and on occasion a person will be unconscious, unresponsive, have massive blood loss and they will get O negative. At the time we had no idea as to what their religious preferences were. It is something that we all have as emergency nurses have to reconcile.
- Apr 30, '12 by sauconyrunnerI really think this was a translation issue. Most JW's I have encountered in the hospital are very adamant and want to tell everyone they do not want a blood transfusion, even when they have arrived for say a sprained ankle.
This points out the need for translators, or using the translation telephone. I think a lot of times we think that people understand us, when they really don't.
- May 1, '12 by AltraCertain Caribbean cultures consider blood like "life force" and are reluctant to have blood drawn.