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Intravenous iron administration to very preterm Jehovah’s Witness twins

“Their parents were Jehovah's Witnesses and refused blood transfusion for their preterm daughters. Subcutaneous erythropoietin and intravenous iron were given as a prophylactic to avoid anaemia” Poorisrisak et al (2014).

Abstract:

Preterm twin sisters (monozygotic) were born at gestational age 27 weeks and 5 days with birth weights of 935 and 735 g. They were admitted to our neonatal intensive care unit for a period of 1 month. Their parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses and refused blood transfusion for their preterm daughters. Subcutaneous erythropoietin and intravenous iron were given as a prophylactic to avoid anaemia.

Reference:

Poorisrisak, P., Schroeder, A.M., Greisen, G. and Zachariassen, G. (2014) Intravenous iron administration together with parenteral nutrition to very preterm Jehovah’s Witness twins. BMJ Case Reports. June 2nd. (epub ahead of print).