Frequently Asked Questions
- If I request medical or surgical care without the use of blood transfusions, will my wishes be honored?
- Do I need to carry my own Advance Directive or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare?
- What if I will only accept blood as a life-saving measure in an emergency?
- What is Erythropoietin/EPO and why is it prescribed?
- What is Apheresis?
- What is Albumin?
- What is FFP?
- Is a cooperative surgeon enough?
- Are blood substitutes currently available in the United States?
- Understanding the benefits and limitations of non-blood volume expanders
- Is a minor blood fraction a small amount of blood?
- What is an epidural blood patch?
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- How can hyperbaric oxygen therapy benefit the bloodless patient?
- How do I prepare nutritionally for upcoming surgery?
- What are non-blood volume expanders?
- What is hemin? How is it used?
- Organ transplantation without blood
- How does intraoperative blood salvage work?
- Am I anemic?
Your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare is about more than whether or not you will accept a blood transfusion. Individuals who are Jehovah's Witnesses can obtain a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare form from their local congregation. Pennsylvania residents can find more information about DPAs and living wills, and a sample advance directive, on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
*Pennsylvania code, Act 169, stipulates that in order to execute a health-care power of attorney an individual must be at least 18 years of age, or be married, or a high school graduate, or an emancipated minor.
Patients who are willing to accept a blood transfusion only if physicians deem it necessary to preserve their life or health should NOT enroll in the AGH Center for Bloodless Medicine program. They should instead inform their doctors of their wishes and talk over any concerns they may have about accepting blood or blood products.
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