Ethical Health Care Issues - 90428

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Ethical Health Care Issues

Working in health care with patients and families these ethical issues will come about.  These difficult decisions can relate to medical treatments that may question moral issues of religious beliefs and professional guidelines that questions ethics.  Ethics in health care is used by staff to use as a parameter for standards of what proper ethics. It also can provide success when speaking with patients and families about the choices they have concerning beliefs, health, values, and possible death.  One ethical health care issue that can be faced is refusal of patient treatment, such as in an event of blood infusions because of his or her religious beliefs.

Jehovah Witnesses

            Jehovah Witnesses do not accept blood transfusion plain and simple not for medical issues but religious ones.  They believe that they should abstain from the use of blood transfusions for obedience to God and because God is the giver of life (Why Do Jehovah Witnesses Accept Blood Transfusions, n.d.).  These religious convictions are also against accepting white blood cells, whole blood, packed red blood cells, and platelets.  They can use dialysis, non-blood-prime heart-lung, or other equipment that has extracorporeal circulation as long as it is uninterrupted (Jehovah's Witnesses the Surgical/Ethical Challenge, n.d.). 

Blood Transfusions

            A blood transfusion is a safe procedure these take place through an intravenous line or IV. Receiving a blood transfusion can take from one to four hours.  Blood transfusion are common and every year around five million people receive blood transfusions. Blood transfusions occur in blood loss through surgery, other serious