Successful Resuscitation Following Massive Obstetric Hemorrhage in a Patient of the Jehovah’s Witness Faith: A Case Report

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Abstract

Hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is especially difficult to treat in patients of the Jehovah’s Witness faith because they refuse certain blood products. This case report describes the resuscitation of a parturient Jehovah’s Witness whose postcesarean delivery course was complicated by massive hemorrhage from unrecognized arterial bleeding in the intensive care unit with significant hemodynamic instability that necessitated an emergency bedside laparotomy. Her hemoglobin nadir was 1.5 mg/dL. The case demonstrates the key place of preprocedure planning, blood conservation, and coagulation factor management in this specific patient population.

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