Use of recombinant activated factor VII in Jehovah's Witness patients with critical bleeding

Rangi Kaushalya Kandane-Rathnayake, James Isbister, Amanda Jane Zatta, Naomi Aoki, Peter Cameron, Louise Elizabeth Phillips

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Introduction: The Australian and New Zealand Haemostasis Registry (ANZHR) included patients who received off-licence recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) for critical bleeding from 2000 to 2009. Approximately 1.3 of the ANZHR patients were Jehovah s Witnesses (JWs). We compared them with the non-JW patients in the registry. Methods: Patient characteristics (e.g. gender, context of bleeding), factors influencing rFVIIa use (e.g. body temperature and pH) and outcomes (e.g. bleeding response (stopped/attenuated or unchanged) to rFVIIa, mortality) were compared between JW and non-JW patients using Fisher s exact chi-square tests and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Results: A total of 42 JW and 3134 non-JW patients were included in the analysis. Approximately 99 (n = 3098) of non-JWs received blood products compared with only 30 (n = 13) of JWs (P <0.01). The distribution of gender and contexts of critical bleeding in the two groups was significantly different. Approximately 17 of the non-JW patients were hypothermic (T <35?C) and about 19 were acidotic (pH <7.2) at the time of initial rFVIIa administration. Conversely, none of the JWs were hypothermic and only one was acidotic. The proportion of positive responders to rFVIIa (stopped/attenuated bleeding following rFVIIa use) was similar in both groups (75 non-JWs, 74 JWs; P = 1.0). Approximately 28 of non-JW and 17 of JW patients were deceased by day 28 following rFVIIa use (P = 0.16). Discussion: Several factors were observed to be significantly different between JW and non-JW patients, yet the proportions of responders to rFVIIa were similar in both groups. The actual factors influencing response to rFVIIa are yet to be determined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155 - 160
Number of pages6
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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