Journal of a Young Doctor

Blood donations

A Jehovah’s Witnesses family come to visit their 14th years old son who has been 4 days in the hospital. He requires an urgent blood donation that will save his life, but his parents don’t allow it. What would you do?

If a colleague proposes to lie to the parents telling that there is an alternative treatment. This would consist in a photoreactive drug that can help him. But instead of giving him that medicine he hides the blood bag in an opaque recipient and finally makes the transfusions saving his life, would you allow it? Is it appropriate?

Now imagine that this is an emergency and you are in the ambulance. There is unconscious patient that accidentally you discover that is a Jehovah’s Witnesses. He has lost a lot of blood and maybe a blood transfusion could help to have a quicker recovery. Would you keep the…

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When the earth shook: a view from Patan Hospital in Kathmandu

A very interesting post

Wellcome Trust Blog

On 25 April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal. Centered in the village of Barpak in the Gorkha district of the country,  it is the most powerful quake to hit the country since 1934. So far it is estimated that over 7000 people have died, with hundreds of thousands more made homeless. Buddha Basnyat is the Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Nepal, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Here, he tells us about his experience of the earthquake and the on-going effort to help people affected…



When the first tremor shook Kathmandu at midday, Saturday April 25, I was working at my desk peer reviewing an article about high altitude medicine. I thought this was a mild quake, another one of those earthquakes not uncommon in Kathmandu. It was only when I was going down the stairs (absolutely the wrong thing to do) and…

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