Committees  |   June 2017
When Blood Is Not an Option: The Case for a Standardized Blood Transfusion Consent Form
Author Affiliations
  • Nicole R. Guinn, M.D.
    Committee on Patient Blood Management
  • Charles E. Smith, M.D.
    Committee on Patient Blood Management
Article Information
Coagulation and Transfusion / Committees
Committees   |   June 2017
When Blood Is Not an Option: The Case for a Standardized Blood Transfusion Consent Form
ASA Monitor 06 2017, Vol.81, 48-50.
ASA Monitor 06 2017, Vol.81, 48-50.
Blood transfusion is the most common invasive procedure performed in the United States.1  Studies have shown that augmenting the necessary consent discussions with simplified written materials can improve patient recall, comprehension and satisfaction.2  No standardized resources have been implemented, however. We suggest that a standardized patient information worksheet and a consent form clearly documenting a patient’s wishes, particularly those patients for whom blood transfusion is not an option, will help facilitate safe care across the entire health care team, increase anesthesiologist comfort in obtaining consent, and improve patient understanding and satisfaction.
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