Should we delay this operation?
Q I am an anaesthetist working in private practice. I have just reviewed the records of the first patient on the orthopaedic theatre list and noted that the records stated ‘Jehovah’s Witness – no blood’.
The person who carried out the pre-operative assessment has not noticed this. The patient has early onset dementia and I don’t believe he would be able to give informed consent to the use of blood products.
I have alerted the theatre team, but the consultant surgeon wants to proceed and give blood products if required. I’m unsure what to do. The procedure is non-urgent.
There does not appear to be an advance decision to refuse treatment in place nor a relevant power of attorney. The patient’s granddaughter is on route to the hospital and will be here within the next couple of hours and she is his only relative.LOGIN OR REGISTER TO READ MORE……………