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Ethical issues in transfusion medicine

In Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
By: Elhence P.
Contributor(s): pelhence@sgpgi.ac.in.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 14 Issues 3.Publisher: 2006Description: 87-89.Subject(s): India | ISBT code | Ethics | Medical ethics | Transfusion ethics | Transfusion medicine | DDC classification: In: Indian Journal of Medical EthicsSummary: The practice of transfusion medicine involves a number of ethical issues because blood comes from human beings and is a precious resource with a limited shelf life. In 1980 the International Society of Blood Transfusion endorsed its first formal code of ethics, which was adopted by the World Health Organisation and the League of Red Crescent Societies. A revised code of ethics for donation and transfusion was endorsed in 2000. Blood donation as a gift, donor confidentiality, donor notification and donor consent, consent for transfusion, the right to refuse blood transfusion, the right to be informed if harmed, and ethical principles for establishments, are discussed in the international and Indian contexts. Ethics is basically a set of moral values or a code of conduct. The role of ethics in developing clinical practice guidelines and recommendations for health-care providers is to ensure that values that may not be adequately incorporated into the law are given reasonable consideration. The framers and
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The practice of transfusion medicine involves a number of ethical issues because blood comes from human beings and is a precious resource with a limited shelf life. In 1980 the International Society of Blood Transfusion endorsed its first formal code of ethics, which was adopted by the World Health Organisation and the League of Red Crescent Societies. A revised code of ethics for donation and transfusion was endorsed in 2000. Blood donation as a gift, donor confidentiality, donor notification and donor consent, consent for transfusion, the right to refuse blood transfusion, the right to be informed if harmed, and ethical principles for establishments, are discussed in the international and Indian contexts.

Ethics is basically a set of moral values or a code of conduct. The role of ethics in developing clinical practice guidelines and recommendations for health-care providers is to ensure that values that may not be adequately incorporated into the law are given reasonable consideration. The framers and

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