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Surgery in the Jehovah's Witness

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Saran Shantikumar, Kiren Sahota, Ashok Handa
Foundation Years Journal, volume 5, issue 1, p.23 (123Doc Education, London, February 2011)


In this article, we have considered the Jehovah's Witness (JW) undergoing surgery. The pre-operative considerations, blood conservation techniques and post-operative care are discussed.

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Saran Shantikumar

Academic Clinical Fellow Nuffield Department of Surgery,
John Radcliffe Hospital,
Oxford. OX3 9DU

Kiren Sahota

Foundation Doctor, Department of General Surgery,
Stoke Mandeville Hospital,
Aylesbury. HP21 8AL

Ashok Handa

Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Clinical Tutor and Reader in Surgery
Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
John Radcliffe Hospital


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