How good patient blood management leads to excellent outcomes in Jehovah's witness patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

@article{Emmert2011HowGP,
  title={How good patient blood management leads to excellent outcomes in Jehovah's witness patients undergoing cardiac surgery.},
  author={Maximilian Y Emmert and Sacha P. Salzberg and Oliver Michel Theusinger and Christian F{\'e}lix and Andr{\'e} R Plass and Simon P Hoerstrup and Volkmar Falk and J{\"u}rg Gr{\"u}nenfelder},
  journal={Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={183-8}
}
OBJECTIVES The refusal of blood products makes open-heart surgery in Jehovah's witnesses (JW) an ethical challenge. We demonstrate how patient blood management strategies lead to excellent surgical outcomes. METHODS From 2003 to 2008, 16 JW underwent cardiac surgery at our institution. Only senior surgeons performed coronary revascularization (n=6), valve (n=6), combined (n=1) and aortic surgery (n=3) of which two patients presented with acute type-A dissection. Off-pump surgery remained the… CONTINUE READING

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