Challenging the management of bleeding and coagulopathy in ascending aortic surgery in a Jehovah's Witness patient: case report

  • Katheryne Chaparro-Mendoza Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia.
  • Nathalia Prado-Gómez Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia.
  • Marcela Acevedo Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia.
Keywords: Blood Transfusion, Hemorrhage, Jehovah's Witnesses, Case Reports, Blood Coagulation

Abstract

Introduction:

Not transfusing in certain medical settings can be a life-threatening decision; however, Jehovah's Witness patients who reject transfusions have led to learning and multiple medical interventions to avoid it. Despite this, heart surgery follows a specialty that is clearly related to the risk of transfusion, making operating on a Jehovah's Witness patient a challenge.

Case presentation:

An ascending aorta surgery was performed on a Jehovah's Witness patient, where different strategies were applied, both for blood saving and for the prevention and management of coagulopathy.

Results:

Surgery of the ascending aorta with extracorporeal circulation was successfully performed without requiring administration of blood components.

Conclusions:

Adequate planning and implementation of bleeding prevention strategies and coagulopathy management may contribute to avoid and/or reduce the administration of blood products, allowing for the absence of transfusions to not be utopia in major cardiac surgery.

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Chaparro-Mendoza K, Prado-Gómez N, Acevedo M. Challenging the management of bleeding and coagulopathy in ascending aortic surgery in a Jehovah’s Witness patient: case report. Colomb. j. anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2019Apr.1 [cited 2020Sep.29];47(2):132 -136. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/293

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2019-04-01
How to Cite
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Chaparro-Mendoza K, Prado-Gómez N, Acevedo M. Challenging the management of bleeding and coagulopathy in ascending aortic surgery in a Jehovah’s Witness patient: case report. Colomb. j. anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2019Apr.1 [cited 2020Sep.29];47(2):132 -136. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/293
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Case Report / Case Series