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2012-07-04 01:17:10

Jehovah's Witness patients who undergo cardiac surgery do not appear to be at increased risk for surgical complications or death when compared to patients who undergo cardiac surgery and receive blood transfusions, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Jehovah's Witness patients (Witnesses) hold beliefs that disallow blood product transfusion and encourage the use of a number of blood conservation practices, according to...

2010-12-29 10:52:00

2,000 Donations Lost from Blizzard O-Negative Blood, Platelets Our Top Priorities NEW YORK, Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, will be staying open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to replenish our blood supply after the blizzard-related loss of more than 2,000 donations. Top priorities are the collection of O-negative blood, which can be...

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2010-08-25 12:46:59

Two legal experts argued in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday that informed consent should be obtained from competent patients before blood transfusions takes place. Anne-Maree Farrell and Margaret Brazier, both from the University of Manchester note that, in its recent report, the UK government's Independent Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) acknowledged that there is inconsistent practice in this area and that there are concerns that...

2010-04-01 09:00:00

Please give blood April 7-11 and help save lives NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood, in recognition of World Health Day, and to help save lives. April 7, 2010 is World Health Day. Founded by the World Health Organization (WHO), this year's theme is "1,000 Cities - 1,000 Lives," with a focus...

2009-04-19 14:37:01

A group of U.S. hospitals and medical centers this week will begin collectively tracking dangerous reactions to blood transfusions, officials said. The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that among hospitals taking part in the so-called biovigilance program is Johns Hopkins Hospital. The program is aimed at reducing the number of infections, allergic reactions, clerical errors and other complications related to blood transfusions. The newspaper noted such complications last year claimed 46 lives...

2008-06-14 00:00:31

By Terri Theodore, THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER - A B.C. court says a child's right to life trumps a parent's charter right to guide their medical treatment in the case of four sextuplets taken from their Jehovah's Witness parents. B.C. Supreme Chief Justice Donald Brenner has ruled that seizing the four surviving infants to administer blood transfusions, contrary to their parents' religious beliefs, was medically necessary. "It is difficult to see how the charter rights of the parents,...