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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Downloadable Resources

The resources on this page are freely available for use by clinicians who have a patient who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.


Clinical Strategies to Avoid Blood Transfusion

An overview of safe and effective transfusion-alternative strategies applicable to surgical patients. These strategies involve the use of multiple patient-specific modalities throughout the perioperative period.

Hospital Liaison Committees for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses have established a global network to support clinicians treating Witness patients. This document outlines the services available to clinicians and institutions.

Religious and Ethical Position on Medical Therapy and Related Matters

A summary of the official position of Jehovah’s Witnesses on health care, on the use of their own blood in the course of procedures, and on the clinical use of derivatives of primary blood components.

The medical section of is designed as an informational resource primarily for use by clinicians and other health-care professionals. It provides neither medical advice nor treatment recommendations and does not substitute for an appropriately qualified health-care provider. The clinical literature cited is not published by Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it outlines transfusion-alternative strategies that might be considered. It is the responsibility of each qualified health-care provider to maintain awareness of new information, discuss options for care, and assist patients in making choices in accord with their medical condition, wishes, values, and beliefs. Not all listed strategies are appropriate or acceptable to all patients.

Patients: Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health-care provider regarding medical conditions or treatments. Check with a doctor if you suspect you are ill.

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