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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Multimodality, Interdisciplinary, and Individualized Approach

2011 update to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists blood conservation clinical practice guidelines.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Blood Conservation Guideline Task Force, Ferraris VA, Brown JR, Despotis GJ, Hammon JW, Reece TB, Saha SP, Song HK, Clough ER; Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Special Task Force on Blood Transfusion, Shore-Lesserson LJ, Goodnough LT, Mazer CD, Shander A, Stafford-Smith M, Waters J; International Consortium for Evidence Based Perfusion, Baker RA, Dickinson TA, FitzGerald DJ, Likosky DS, Shann KG.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 2011;91(3):944-82.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21353044

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.11.078

Blood conservation strategies in cardiac surgery: more is better.

Avgerinos DV, DeBois W, Salemi A.

Source‎: Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2014;46(5):865-70.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24482391

DOI‎: 10.1093/ejcts/ezt661

Management of blood transfusion in aortic valve surgery: impact of a blood conservation strategy.

Yaffee DW, Smith DE 3rd, Ursomanno PA, Hill FT, Galloway AC, Deanda A, Grossi EA.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 2014;97(1):95-101.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24263014

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.09.057

Blood conservation strategies reduce the need for transfusions in ascending and aortic arch surgery.

Chu MW, Losenno KL, Moore K, Berta D, Hewitt J, Ralley F.

Source‎: Perfusion 2013;28(4):315-21.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23436722

DOI‎: 10.1177/0267659113479816

Aortic valve replacement in a Jehovah's Witness: a case of multi-disciplinary clinical management for bloodless surgery.

Park JJ, Lang CC, Manson L, Brackenbury ET.

Source‎: BMJ Case Rep 2012;2012.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22665474

DOI‎: 10.1136/bcr.12.2011.5403

Bloodless third complex heart operation in a Jehovah's Witness patient with extremely low preoperative haemoglobin level.

Pasic M, D'Ancona G, Unbehaun A, Hetzer R.

Source‎: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2012;14(5):692-3.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22354090

DOI‎: 10.1093/icvts/ivr092

Rupture of chronic type B aortic dissection in a Jehovah's Witness: successful surgical repair without blood transfusion.

Yamamoto H, Yamamoto F, Yamaura G, Motokawa M, Tanaka F, Sato H, Ishibashi K, Shiroto K.

Source‎: Ann Vasc Surg 2012;26(4):571.e11-6.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22321490

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.avsg.2011.08.019

Repeat cardiac surgery in a Jehovah's Witness patient with thrombocytopenia.

Elmistekawy E, Lapierre H, Bourke M, Dennie C, Labinaz M, Ruel M.

Source‎: Can J Cardiol 2011;27(6):869.e7-8.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21983113

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.cjca.2011.07.632

The medical section of is designed as an informational resource primarily for use by clinicians and other health-care professionals. It provides neither medical advice nor treatment recommendations and does not substitute for an appropriately qualified health-care provider. The clinical literature cited is not published by Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it outlines transfusion-alternative strategies that might be considered. It is the responsibility of each qualified health-care provider to maintain awareness of new information, discuss options for care, and assist patients in making choices in accord with their medical condition, wishes, values, and beliefs. Not all listed strategies are appropriate or acceptable to all patients.

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