Archive for ‘transfusion’

April 12, 2012

Blood money, big business | JWnews

Area patients charged thousands for blood transfusions

Worland said he hopes his experience doesn’t deter others from donating blood. Still, he said, charging $6,000 for a product he donates struck him as “a little excessive.”

For the blood alone, the hospital billed Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio $17,829. The bulk of those submitted charges, $11,172, was for seven units of irradiated platelets.

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March 22, 2012

Blood transfusions and infection | JWnews


Blood transfusion increases the risk of nosocomial infection in trauma patients. Specific patient- and transfusion-related risk factors are largely unknown. In this study, risk factors for developing a bacterial infection after transfusion of red blood cells (RBC) or platelets were determined in a cohort of transfused critically ill trauma patients.

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March 16, 2012

Wrong blood, children die | JWnews

“All children who died were chronic recipients. Initially, it seems that they died of transfusion-associated immunomodulation (TRIM). Still I have constituted a team of three professors to look into the matter,” Sashi Khare, dean Jabalpur medical college, told IANS.

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March 12, 2012

Romania: Two sisters steadfast on blood issue | JWnews

România: Două Martorii lui Iehova stabile la eliberarea de sange

Their life-threatening because of conviction congregation “Jehovah’s Witnesses” they belong. Thus, a woman aged 55 years diagnosed with mechanical jaundice, which required surgery, refused any form to be make blood transfusion because it is contrary to his religious convingerilro.

To respect your wishes, experts have given special treatment based on iron stimulated the vascular activity.

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March 9, 2012

‘Bloodless’ transplant surgery video | JWnews

From car accidents to cancer to heart failure: Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs donated blood for surgeries. But reserves are often low, and some people have religious reasons that prevent transfusions. “Bloodless surgery” is becoming more than just a novel approach.

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March 8, 2012

Blood, transfusions and surgery (archives) | JWnews



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March 8, 2012

Blood recall | JWnews

Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) found in blood products.

jwitness.wordpress.comA CONTAMINATION of human blood supplies has prompted the nationwide recall of a blood product routinely used in the treatment of patients in intensive care.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration announced last night the recall from all hospitals throughout Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore of some batches of human albumin, the main protein in plasma, manufactured before January 25.

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March 8, 2012

Little Keira, An “Everyday Miracle” | JWnews

Concerns about the baby’s care increased when staff at the hospital where Keira was born informed Ileana that they would not honor her wishes to have her daughter treated without blood transfusions. The situation worsened when attempts to transfer her to area children’s hospitals failed, as each one contacted declined Keira’s care under those circumstances.

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March 1, 2012

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program | JWnews

Bloodless surgery is a new concept for many patients, but at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, we have been working for many years as a bloodless surgery team to provide this alternative option for our patients.

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February 28, 2012

Jehovah’s Witness & Stem Cell Transplant | JWnews

It is also in the Jehovah’s Witness patient’s best interest to choose an SCT program that has a partnership with a bloodless medicine program. To date, I believe that there are only three SCT programs in the country that are partnered with a bloodless medicine program and will accept Jehovah’s Witness patients. I work at one of them.

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February 24, 2012

Two New blood types | JWnews

Everyone has heard of the four main blood types – A, B, AB and O – but scientists have revealed that there are two new kids on the block… and their names are Langereis and Junior.

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February 24, 2012

Hepatitis C Killed More Americans Than AIDS | JWnews

Like HIV, hepatitis C can be spread via sex and intravenous drug use. Before 1992, when greater testing of the blood supply began, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) was commonly spread through blood transfusions.

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February 24, 2012

Bloodless valve replacement in a Jehovah’s Witness | JWnews

An 81-year-old female Jehovah’s Witness (JW) patient with severe aortic stenosis required aortic valve replacement (AVR).

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February 24, 2012

More Blood, Worse Outcomes for Kids | JWnews

In pediatric heart transplantation, increasing amounts of blood transfused appears to be associated with worsening outcomes, researchers found.

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February 24, 2012

Everett Clinic, PBS documentary about health care | JWnews

The program has gained international attention for shortening hospital stays for open heart patients and avoiding unnecessary transfusions. Medical costs also are reduced because less time is spent in the hospital and on equipment such as ventilators.

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February 24, 2012

Boy (3) to get blood after High Court ruling | JWnews

A THREE-year-old boy can be given a blood transfusion during surgery despite religious objections from his Jehovah’s Witness parents, the High Court has ruled.

The child, who cannot be named by order of the court, needs to have his tonsils out because of recurring infections and because it is delaying development of speech.

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February 22, 2012

Boy (3) to get blood after High Court ruling | JWnews

A THREE-year-old boy can be given a blood transfusion during surgery despite religious objections from his Jehovah’s Witness parents, the High Court has ruled.

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February 18, 2012

Drug tests encourage unneeded transfusions? | JWnews

(Reuters) – Some doctors are ordering unnecessary and potentially risky blood transfusions for cancer patients in order to make them eligible for research studies, researchers said on Wednesday.

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February 16, 2012

Bloodless Medicine | JWnews

RE-OPERATIVE CORONARY BYPASS SURGERY

What makes Mr. Allen so special is that he, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, will not accept a blood transfusion. Thankfully, AGH was prepared and able to save his life through the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery.

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February 14, 2012

Reducing the need for a blood transfusion in arthroplasty | JWnews

Administering fluids first rather than transfusing patients and using an antifibrinolytic agent such as tranexamic acid can reduce blood loss and the need for transfusion in patients undergoing hip or knee arthroplasty, according to a presentation at the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement 2011 Winter Meeting.

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February 14, 2012

Blood Transfusions in Renal Transplants | Jwitness

Renal transplant is considered the gold standard renal replacement treatment for American ESRD patients. The longest living survivors of renal transplant such as Nancy Spaeth and Dr. Robin Eady defy the odds stacked against any person in with severe renal failure. The median survival once on dialysis is only 36-38 months depending on whether patients choose conventional in-center hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

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February 14, 2012

Red Cross, Blood and Safety | JWnews

The Red Cross has been fined more than $30 million by the FDA over blood safety practices. This includes a $9.6 million fine just last month for mishandling or misplacing donated blood and, in some cases, transfusing potentially infected blood into patients.

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February 13, 2012

Blood and Hematological vigilance | JWnews


jwitness.wordpress.comThe Biovigilance Component of the National Healthcare Safety Network is available for enrollment by healthcare facilities in the United States. Biovigilance includes the collection of adverse event data to improve outcomes in the use of blood products, organs, tissues, and cellular therapies.



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February 6, 2012

PeaceHealth Southwest and blood transfusions | JW news

Dr. Steve Matous, a general surgeon, said a transfusion-free procedure doesn’t look much different than a typical procedure. The main difference, he said, is surgeons are extra diligent about stopping bleeding, treating every drop of blood as precious.

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February 2, 2012

Leukemia and blood transfusions | JWnews

Leukemia, a disease of the blood and bone marrow, produces cancerous blood cells. Treatment involves chemotherapy to destroy the cancerous cells, sometimes followed by transplants of stem cells that develop into healthy blood cells.

Blood transfusions are usually required.

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February 2, 2012

Transfusion risks | JW news

Blood transfusions are carried out so routinely by the medical profession around the world that you would be forgiven for thinking that they are completely safe. But think again.

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February 1, 2012

Bloodless’ Surgery ? | JW news


jwitness.wordpress.comAs medicine became more evidence-based and empirical, a number of retrospective observational studies have shown a correlation between transfusions and adverse outcomes in almost all surgical fields and critical care.


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January 30, 2012

No blood for youngest heart transplant recipient . video | JW news

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January 26, 2012

Transfusion confusion? Nope | JWnews

“Think once, twice and three times before transfusing patients.”—Professor Ian M. Franklin.

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January 26, 2012

Wales, Blood mistakes could be catastrophic | JWnews

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s hospitals are forced to reject an average of 7% of blood samples being cross-matched for transfusion.

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