Ethical questions about platelet transfusions at the end of life

John P. Sherbeck, Renee D. Boss

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This case of platelet transfusion in palliative care illustrates a common dilemma in transfusion medicine: approval of the use of a scarce, yet potentially life-saving, resource. As in this case, these decisions often involve seriously ill patients with acute needs and evolving goals of care. The use of resources to treat the patient at hand must be balanced against maintaining adequate resources to treat future patients. In this setting, the ethical principles of beneficence and social justice are in conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-770
Number of pages7
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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