Canterbury DHB


Potential clinical situations that may be encountered when caring for patients who decline blood products

Please refer to the relevant flow charts for each scenario for a summary of a recommended approach to management. For each situation, the first steps are:

It is crucial that the patient’s wishes are communicated as early as possible so that appropriate planning can take place. The patient's wishes should be clearly documented in the clinical notes.

Use form C30042 Caring for Patients Who Decline Blood Products.

In This Section

The adult patient requiring elective surgery who declines blood products– ‘bloodless surgery’

Acute bleeding in the adult patient who declines blood products

The critically ill and anaemic adult patient who declines blood products

The adult obstetric patient who declines blood products

Antenatal care

Labour and postnatal care including management of massive obstetric haemorrhage


About this Canterbury DHB document (47842):

Document Owner:

Julia Czuprynska and Richard Seigne (see Who's Who)

Last Reviewed:

June 2019

Next Review:

June 2022


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Topic Code: 47842