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Medicine and Surgery

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (Miniaturized Bypass Circuits)

Correction of congenital heart defects in Jehovah's Witness children.

Alexi-Meskishvili V, Stiller B, Koster A, Böttcher W, Hübler M, Photiadis J, Lange PE, Hetzer R.

Source‎: Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2004;52(3):141-6.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15192773

Total cavopulmonary connection in a 35-month-old Jehovah's Witness child.

Hörer J, Schreiber C, Prodan Z, Zaccaria F, Cleuziou J, Böckler U, Kühn A, Tassani-Prell P, Lange R.

Source‎: J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2008;22(1):108-10.

Indexed‎: PubMed 18249343

DOI‎: 10.1053/j.jvca.2006.11.022

Transfusion-free cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass in a 2.2-kg neonate.

Hübler M, Boettcher W, Koster A, Redlin M, Stiller B, Lange P, Hetzer R.

Source‎: J Card Surg 2005;20(2):180-2.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15725146

Transfusion-free complex cardiac surgery: with use of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest in a preterm 2.96-kg Jehovah’s witness neonate.

Huebler M, Habazettl H, Boettcher W, Kuppe H, Hetzer R, Redlin M.

Source‎: Tex Heart Inst J 2011;38(5):562-4.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22163136

Blood conservation operations in pediatric cardiac patients: a paradigm shift of blood use.

Karimi M, Florentino-Pineda I, Weatherred T, Qadeer A, Rosenberg CA, Hudacko A, Ryu D.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 2013;95(3):962-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23201105

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.09.029

Perioperative management of a child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome of the Jehovah's Witness faith presenting for hybrid comprehensive stage II procedure.

Karuppiah S, Mckee C, Hodge A, Galantowicz M, Tobias J, Naguib A

Source‎: J Extra Corpor Technol 2016;48(3):141-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 27729708

Transfusion-free anesthetic management for open heart surgery in a neonate—a case report.

Lee JM, Byon HJ, Kim JT, Kim HS, Kim CS.

Source‎: Korean J Anesthesiol 2010;59 Suppl:S141-5.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21286425

DOI‎: 10.4097/kjae.2010.59.S.S141

Bloodless pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass for a 3.2-kg patient whose parents are of Jehovah's Witness faith.

Ratliff TM, Hodge AB, Preston TJ, Galantowicz M, Naguib A, Gomez D

Source‎: J Extra Corpor Technol 2014;46(2):173-6.

Indexed‎: PubMed 25208437

Effects of a comprehensive blood-sparing approach using body weight-adjusted miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass circuits on transfusion requirements in pediatric cardiac surgery.

Redlin M, Habazettl H, Boettcher W, Kukucka M, Schoenfeld H, Hetzer R, Huebler M.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012;144(2):493-9.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22305547

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.01.008

Minimizing intraoperative hemodilution by use of a very low priming volume cardiopulmonary bypass in neonates with transposition of the great arteries.

Redlin M, Huebler M, Boettcher W, Kukucka M, Schoenfeld H, Hetzer R, Habazettl H.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011;142(4):875-81. 

Indexed‎: PubMed 21570096

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2011.01.068

Prolonged warm ischemia for transfusion-free arterial switch and ventricular septal defect surgery in a 4.5-Kg baby.

Rubatti M, Durandy Y.

Source‎: Perfusion 2012;27(3):230-4.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22337761

DOI‎: 10.1177/0267659112437775

Heart retransplantation in children without the use of blood product. [Article in English, Portuguese]

Santos AA, Silva JP, Fonseca LD, Baumgratz JF.

Source‎: Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc 2012;27(2):327-330.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22996986

Strategic and operational aspects of a transfusion-free neonatal arterial switch operation.

Schweiger M, Dave H, Kelly J, Hübler M.

Source‎: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2013;16(6):890-1.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23460601

DOI‎: 10.1093/icvts/ivt010

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