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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Preoperative Planning and Patient Optimization

Preparing a Jehovah's Witness for major elective surgery.

Cooper L, Ford K, Miller E.

Source‎: BMJ 2013;346:f1588.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23493825

DOI‎: 10.1136/bmj.f1588

The effect of preoperative recombinant erythropoietin on postoperative hematocrit level after orthognathic surgery.

Politano N, Jaskolka M, Blakey G, Turvey T, White R, Phillips C.

Source‎: J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2012;70(11):e625-30.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22939643

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.joms.2012.07.021

Patient blood management is key before elective surgery.

Gombotz H.

Source‎: Lancet 2011;378(9800):1362-3.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21982518

DOI‎: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61552-3

Avoiding blood transfusion in surgical patients (including Jehovah’s Witnesses).

Gohel MS, Bulbulia RA, Poskitt KR, Whyman MR.

Source‎: Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2011;93(6):429-31.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21929910

DOI‎: 10.1308/147870811X589155

Preoperative evaluation of the adult patient undergoing non-cardiac surgery: guidelines from the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

De Hert S, Imberger G, Carlisle J, Diemunsch P, Fritsch G, Moppett I, Solca M, Staender S, Wappler F, Smith A; Task Force on Preoperative Evaluation of the Adult Noncardiac Surgery Patient of the European Society of Anaesthesiology

Source‎: Eur J Anaesthesiol 2011;28(10):684-722

Indexed‎: PubMed 21885981

DOI‎: 10.1097/EJA.0b013e3283499e3b

Blood transfusion and orthognathic surgery--a thing of the past?

Kurian A, Ward-Booth P.

Source‎: Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004;42(4):369-70.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15225963

Bloodless medicine: clinical care without allogeneic blood transfusion.

Goodnough LT, Shander A, Spence RK.

Source‎: Transfusion 2003;43(5):668-76.

Indexed‎: PubMed 12702192

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