Redo cardiac surgery in a Jehovah's Witness, the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to blood conservation

Jovanovic, S.; Hansbro, S.D.; Munsch, C.M.; Cross, M.H.
June 2000
Perfusion;Jun2000, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p251
Academic Journal
Although Jehovah's Witnesses present a particular problem when undergoing surgery because of their refusal to accept stored blood, it is now quite common to undertake uncomplicated cardiac surgery in these patients. Complex or redo cardiac surgery however, is often associated with major blood loss, and is conventionally contraindicated in Jehovah's Witnesses. We describe the perioperative management of a Jehovah's Witness who underwent a resternotomy for mitral valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting having previously had an aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to blood conservation is discussed.


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