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How to approach major surgery where patients refuse blood transfusion (including Jehovah's Witnesses).

Abstract:

Jehovah's Witnesses do not permit the use of allogeneic blood products. An increasing number of patients are refusing blood transfusion for non-religious reasons. In addition, blood stores are decreasing, and costs are increasing. Transfusion avoidance strategies are, therefore, desirable. Bloodless surgery refers to the co-ordinated peri-operative care of patients aiming to avoid blood transfusion, and improve patient outcomes. These principles are likely to gain popularity, and become stand...

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10.1308/1478708051414

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Trial Service Unit
Poskitt, KR More by this author
Whyman, MR More by this author
Journal:
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Volume:
87
Issue:
1
Pages:
3-14
Publication date:
2005-01-05
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EISSN:
1478-7083
ISSN:
0035-8843
URN:
uuid:6290447c-da4d-419a-b3dc-44acecb60b1e
Source identifiers:
256961
Local pid:
pubs:256961

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