Step 1: Research state laws, and any federal laws if applicable, regarding treatment against religious based medical decisions.
Step 2: Determine, through professional research, if you believe the physicians actions were medically justified, knowing the patient most likely would have died without treatment. OR, if you believe the legal outcome was justified for the patient and the doctors decision was a gross medical error.
Step 3: Discuss the outcome you believe would have occurred had the doctor not ordered the transfusion (outside of the patient dying).
Step 3: Compile your research and create a professional paper that adheres to APA guidelines.
Step 4:Ensure you are researching only scholarly works. It is recommended to use Concordes Online Library: http://galesites.com/menu/index.php?loc=miss22358 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)
Step 5:You must have at least five (5) outside resources. Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference.
Step 5: Save and submit your assignment.
Susi Givens, a thirty-seven-year-old woman with two children, was horseback riding one day when a snake startled her horse. She was thrown off and landed on a stump, resulting in massive internal injuries. She was rushed to the hospital, where the surgical team discovered that there was a large amount of blood in her abdomen and that she needed to have a kidney removed.
Mrs. Givens had a medical alert card identifying her as a Jehovahs Witness and stating that under no circumstances was she to receive blood. Her physician knew this but felt impelled by his oath to save lives to give her a blood transfusion. The hospital was unable to locate her husband, so the physician decided to transfuse her.
His actions saved her life; however, she was not grateful. She sued her doctor for assault and battery and won a $20,000 settlement.