Giving consent

Blood transfusions

If you require blood while in hospital you will be asked to give your consent for a transfusion. Please let us know if you have had any problems with blood products in the past.

When the nurses give you your blood transfusion they will ask you to tell them your name and date of birth.

Blood and blood components are supplied by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS). The ARCBS has strict screening protocols for donors and most of our blood is obtained in Australia where donation is from unpaid volunteers.

Documenting your refusal to have a transfusion

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness or have other objections to blood transfusions, it is extremely important that you discuss this with your doctor and that your wishes are recorded in your medical record. It is important that your wish to not have a blood transfusion is clearly written on the hospital consent form before you sign this document.

Written information on the risks and benefits of blood is available. Please ask your nurse or doctor if you would like to receive this.

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