Patients who choose to decline a treatment often leave healthcare staff perplexed and frustrated. Without question, this situation can be complicated for both patient and caregiver. However, health professionals have an obligation to try to understand these patients’ quandaries. They may be facing a critical illness but have the added stress of someone’s encouraging them to accept a treatment against their most fundamental beliefs. But the refusal of blood is no longer just a religious issue. For both religious and secular reasons, many people of all faiths and persuasions are looking for alternatives.
The goal of this program is to update the laboratory professional’s support for patients who refuse blood or blood products during healthcare. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe transfusion-free care.
- List common modalities used in bloodless care.
- Explain the role of advance directives in bloodless care.
Level of Instruction: Basic
This course is designed for laboratory professionals.
Gannett Education is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-242-12 "Patients Who Refuse Blood " is approved 04-26-2012 to 04-26-2014.
Gannett Education is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider #FBN 50-1489).