Fluosol DA is an experimental means of supplementing oxygen delivery in the anemic patient. The drug's ability to improve oxygen transport appears to improve SVO2. Blood transfusion is the first choice for acute anemia secondary to hemorrhage; however, perfluorochemicals offer an alternative for the patient who cannot accept transfusion therapy. This article reports a case of severe anemia in which transfusion was refused because of the patient's religious convictions. Perfluorochemicals represented an effective medical treatment that was compatible with this patient's religious beliefs. Continued research in artificial oxygen transporters may lead to even more effective drugs for the treatment of acute anemia, possibly decreasing the need for blood transfusion for all patients.
Skip Nav Destination
Articles| February 01 1994
Use of a hemoglobin substitute in the anemic Jehovah's Witness patient
Crit Care Nurse (1994) 14 (1): 31–38.
TR Marelli; Use of a hemoglobin substitute in the anemic Jehovah's Witness patient. Crit Care Nurse 1 February 1994; 14 (1): 31–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn19184.108.40.206
Download citation file:
Don't already have an account? Register
AACN AccountSign In
Sign in via your InstitutionSign in via your Institution
Subscribe online and gain access to the entire archive.
Purchase short-term access on a pay-per-article or pay-per-issue basis.
$15 72 - hour single article access $30 7 - day full issue access