Religious Refusal Of Care Essay

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Religious Refusal of Care Robenson Saint-Jean Bio-ethics Abstract There is a thin line between law and medical ethics when dealing and establishing policies and procedures for risk management. Ethical issues tend to arise in the delivery of healthcare. When patient wishes go against recommended medical treatment. Within the discipline of ethics, proposed action is based on values that are held by the institution or society. In healthcare medical refusal of treatment causes clashes between patient and medical team. Religious belief plays a major role in the refusal of medical treatment. The refusal of care is usually done to religious belief and that is because many religious groups see traditional medicine as complimentary action to prayer and faith. Sometimes parents even choose the plan of care for their children based on their faith. However, there is always conflict when it comes to certain medical procedures or…show more content…
Because of Jehovah witnesses strong religious conviction against whole blood, red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. Instead most of them would agree on having dialysis. Jehovah witnesses accept the no blood replacement fluid treatment. Physicians use this method in spite of all risk that exists when performing major surgery on patients. This is a major challenge for medical professionals. This problem will not decrease but increase day by day because the number of this faith is growing. More than half of a million people living in the US follow this faith or doctrine. All of them are against the blood transfusion method. The refusal of blood transfusion by Jehovah witness is viewed as a legal problem. For this reason, physicians and hospital officials are seeking authorization from the court system to take care of those patients whenever they come for care and required to undergo blood transfusion so they can save their life from
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