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Matthew T Siedhoff, Michelle Louie, Meenal Misal, Janelle K Moulder
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March 5, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Mark Flower, James Harvey, Jonathan Hunter
An 84-year-old male Jehovah's Witness presented to the emergency department 1 hour after onset of left facial droop and left upper limb weakness. Thrombolytic stroke treatment was commenced as per local thrombolytic protocol with intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) at 2 hours and 25 min following onset of symptoms. Almost immediately after rtPA infusion the patient reported chest pain and had ECG changes consistent with a diagnosis of anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Yoshinari Niimi, Seiichiro Murata, Yumi Mitou, Yusuke Ohno
We developed a novel open cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) system, a drainage flow servo-controlled CPB system (DS-CPB), in which rotational speed of the main roller pump is servo-controlled to generate the same amount of flow as the systemic venous drainage. It was designed to safely decrease the priming volume while maintaining a constant reservoir level, even during fluctuations of the drainage flow. We report a successful use of a novel DS-CPB system in an elderly Jehovah's Witness patient with dehydration who underwent mitral valve replacement...
March 1, 2018: Perfusion
A Olaussen, J Bade-Boon, M C Fitzgerald, B Mitra
INTRODUCTION: Management of major haemorrhage as a result of trauma is particularly challenging when blood is not an option (BNAO). Evidence on therapeutic strategies in this situation is limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the management and outcomes of patients who identified themselves as Jehovah's Witnesses (who usually refuse blood products) with traumatic haemorrhage at an Australian major trauma centre. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients from The Alfred Trauma Registry was conducted, including patients who were Jehovah's Witnesses presenting between January 2010 and January 2017...
February 2, 2018: Vox Sanguinis
Małgorzata Rajtar
Drawing from an ethics of care, relational approaches to autonomy have recently emerged in bioethics. Unlike individual autonomy with its emphasis on patients' rights, choice, and self-determination which has been the hallmark of bioethics consistent with the ideology of individualism in neoliberal democracies in Western countries, relational autonomy highlights the relatedness, interdependency, and social embeddedness of patients. By examining the mediating role that male Hospital Liaison Committee members in Germany play in facilitating care that supports Jehovah's Witnesses' refusal of blood transfusions, this article moves beyond 'dyadic relations' and contexts of caregiving...
March 2018: Bioethics
Jeremy D Kauffman, T Joseph Watson, Joseph J Campbell
A patient's refusal to receive blood products can pose both clinical and ethical challenges to the surgeon. In this report, we review the case of a Jehovah's Witness presenting with critical lower limb ischemia and severe anemia for whom the decision of whether to perform thrombolytic therapy was complicated by his refusal to accept blood products. The case demonstrates that thrombolytic therapy can produce favorable results in severely anemic patients even when transfusion is not an option. We conclude that offering thrombolytic therapy in this context is a reasonable therapeutic option from both a clinical and ethical perspective...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Milena Silva Costa, Maria Adelaide Silva Paredes Moreira, Antonia Oliveira Silva, Eliane de Sousa Leite, Luipa Michele Silva, Jéssica Barbosa Sampaio
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the knowledge, religious beliefs and the adoption of preventive measures against HIV/AIDS of non-Catholic elderly women. METHOD: A qualitative study, carried out in religious institutions of a municipality in the state of Ceará, Northeast Brazil, with 78 elderly women. Of these, 64 were evangelicals, seven spiritualists and seven Jehovah's Witnesses. A semi-structured interview script was used followed by thematic content analysis of participants' responses...
January 2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Chung S Lim, A Dhutia, Celia Riga, A Dharmadasa, Richard G J Gibbs, Mohamad S Hamady
Aneurysmal disease involving the origins of supra aortic vessels often requires complex open and/or endovascular repair that is not only associated with significant risk of mortality and morbidity but also often with perioperative blood loss requiring transfusion. We report a successful repair of a large thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) involving the aortic arch with a custom-made Bolton Relay 2-vessel branched thoracic aortic endograft in a 42-year-old Jehovah's Witness who would otherwise be very unlikely to survive an open repair...
February 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Jeffery L Burnside, Todd M Ratliff, Ashley B Hodge, Daniel Gomez, Mark Galantowicz, Aymen Naguib
Achieving pediatric cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) without allogeneic blood transfusion is challenging. There are many clinical and economic factors that point to the importance of avoiding blood transfusions. In some instances, honoring patients or parents beliefs may be the reason for avoiding blood transfusions. For example, patients or parents of the Jehovah's Witness faith refuse blood transfusion based on their religious beliefs. Over the last decade, our institution has seen a steady increase in our pediatric Jehovah's Witness patient population...
December 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
James N George, Steven A Sandler, Joanna Stankiewicz
TTP in Jehovah's Witness patients has been managed successfully without PEX.This experience, plus new TTP treatments, may make it possible for patients who are not Jehovah's Witnesses to avoid PEX in the future.
November 14, 2017: Blood Advances
Luigi Di Tommaso, Vito A Mannacio, Ettorino Di Tommaso, Giovanni B Pinna, Immacolata Fontana, Gabriele Iannelli
Late aneurysm formation in the proximal aorta or distal aortic arch is a recognized sequela of untreated stenosis of the aortic isthmus and is associated with substantial risk of aortic rupture. We describe the case of a 44-year-old man with untreated coarctation of the aorta who presented with a prestenotic dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm. He declined surgery because he was a Jehovah's Witness. Instead, we performed emergency endovascular aortic repair in which 2 stent-grafts were placed in the descending aorta...
December 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Stefan Wilop, Rainhardt Osieka
BACKGROUND: Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) may be cured in a substantial number of patients using intensive chemotherapeutic regimens leading to temporary severe myelosuppression. Patients belonging to the denomination of Jehovah's Witnesses (JW), however, are bound by their religious convictions not to accept blood products and are therefore at higher risk for life-threatening events. Reports how to handle this challenge are mainly anecdotal. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We here report in much more detail about our experience with nine patients belonging to the denomination of JW who were treated for AML in our department from 1998 to 2007 and who explicitly wished to receive chemotherapy without blood transfusions...
December 7, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Felipe Homem Valle, Fernando Pivatto, Bruna Sessim Gomes, Tanara Martins de Freitas, Vanessa Giaretta, Miguel Gus
INTRODUCTION: The outcomes of Jehovah's Witness (JW) patients submitted to open heart surgery may vary across countries and communities. The aim of this study was to describe the morbidity and mortality of JW patients undergoing cardiac surgery in a tertiary hospital center in Southern Brazil. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted including all JW patients submitted to cardiac surgery from 2008 to 2016. Three consecutive surgical non-JW controls were matched to each selected JW patient...
September 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Andrzej Juraszek, Piotr Kołsut, Jarosław Szymański, Jarosław Kuriata, Krzysztof Kuśmierski, Ewa Sitkowska-Rysiak, Małgorzata Jasińska, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk
Aim: Evaluation the results in patients from the religious community of Jehovah's Witness (JW) undergoing open heart surgery at our institution. Material and methods: Between September 2011 and March 2015, 21 patients with a religious background of the JW church underwent open heart surgery at our institution performed by the same surgical team. Mean age was 68.43 ±8.93 years. There were 13 (61.9%) female patients. Recombinant human erythropoietin was administered to every patient with a hemoglobin value < 12...
September 2017: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
John Fowler
John Fowler, Educational Consultant, explores the role of clinically based nurses in caring for patients who are Jehovah's Witnesses.
November 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Kevin R Olsen, Ashley L Screws, Stephen O Vose
Jehovah's Witness patients have unique perioperative challenges involving blood products. We describe the use of a novel method to maintain a closed circuit between a Jehovah's Witness patient's arterial blood and the epidural space while performing a blood patch for postdural puncture headache. Previously described methods have utilized venous catheters to maintain a closed circuit between the body and the epidural space. This is the first report we are aware of that utilizes a closed-circuit arterial blood supply to create an epidural blood patch in a Jehovah's Witness patient...
November 1, 2017: A & A Case Reports
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November 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Jonathan M Davis, Nura El-Haj, Nimish N Shah, Garry Schwartz, Margaret Block, James Wall, Mark Tidswell, Ernest DiNino
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is an important treatment modality during severe sickle cell crisis (SCC). SCC patients who refuse, or cannot accept, RBCs present a unique challenge. Acellular hemoglobin (Hb)-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) might be an alternative for critically ill patients in SCC with multiorgan failure due to life-threatening anemia. HBOC-201 (HbO2 Therapeutics) has been administered to more than 800 anemic patients in 22 clinical trials, but use of any HBOCs in critically ill sickle cell patients with organ failure is exceedingly rare...
October 26, 2017: Transfusion
Anand P Jillella, Martha L Arellano, Leonard T Heffner, Manila Gaddh, Amelia A Langston, Hanna J Khoury, Abhishek Mangoankar, Vamsi K Kota
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September 26, 2017: Hematology Reports
Laura J Moulton, Peter G Rose, Haider Mahdi
Rates of blood transfusion are reported as high as 32% in women undergoing major gynecologic cancer surgery. Therefore, care of the gynecologic oncology patient who refuses blood products, such as Jehovah's witnesses, can pose a unique challenge. The objective of this study was to determine rate of adverse post-operative outcomes within 30 days of surgery in Jehovah's witnesses with gynecologic cancer. This was a retrospective cohort study of Jehovah's witnesses undergoing laparotomy or minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for gynecologic cancer at a single institution...
November 2017: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
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