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Editor's Correspondence
Feb 11, 2013

Jehovah's Witnesses May Not Have Identical Outcomes With Nontransfused Non-Witnesses After Cardiac Surgery—Reply

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):248-249. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2139

In reply

We thank Dr Angouras for his insightful commentary on our recent publication on severe blood conservation.1 He states that:

It would be interesting to know whether the results attained in Jehovah's Witnesses are identical to matched non-Witnesses who were not transfused. Lack of pertinent data casts doubt on the external validity and, hence, the final conclusion of the study.