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What does a no blood card mean?

What does a no blood card mean?

It is a general practice for adult Witnesses to carry on their person a wallet-sized advance directive card refusing blood. The blood refusal card directs that no blood is to be given to the owner under any circumstance, even if physicians believe transfusion will be lifesaving.

What if a Jehovah Witness needs blood?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that it is against God’s will to receive blood and, therefore, they refuse blood transfusions, often even if it is their own blood. The willing acceptance of blood transfusions by Jehovah’s Witnesses has in some cases led to expulsion from and ostracisation by their religious community.

Can Jehovah’s Witnesses have blood tests?

Many Jehovah Witnesses carry advance directives requesting that medical staff do not use blood or blood products as a form of treatment. BLOOD TESTS – Blood is usually seen by Jehovah Witnesses to represent life itself. Specimens must therefore be treated with respect, and disposed of with care.

Can a doctor give a blood transfusion to a Jehovah Witness?

This is the position at common law and under the Medical Treatment Act 1988. Therefore an adult may refuse a blood transfusion, even in emergency circumstances. Where a person provides medical treatment (such as a blood transfusion) against the decision of an adult with capacity, that person has committed an assault.

Does the Bible say no blood transfusions?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible (Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:10, and Acts 15:29) prohibits ingesting blood and that Christians should therefore not accept blood transfusions or donate or store their own blood for transfusion.

What’s the name of the no blood card?

The “No Blood Card” that Jehovah’s Witnesses carry with them has experienced very significant changes over the years, as you will see in this article. It was simply referred to as “the blood card” for many decades, then came to be called “the Advanced Medical Directive”.

Is the advance medical directive used by Jehovah’s Witnesses?

What follows below is the current “Advance Medical Directive” being used by Jehovah’s Witnesses: The current blood card, or “Medical Directive” is no longer able to make the same uncompromising statement. Why?

When did they stop calling it the blood card?

It was simply referred to as “the blood card” for many decades, then came to be called “the Advanced Medical Directive”. The last major change occurred in 2004, when it was combined with a Durable Power of Attorney specific to each state and is at times referred to as the “DPA”.

Why is the current blood card no longer valid?

The current blood card, or “Medical Directive” is no longer able to make the same uncompromising statement. Why? Because the Society has gradually modified its once firm position, and now allows every part of the blood to be transfused or injected if sufficiently fractionated.