A cutting-edge technique that reduces the dispersion of the patient's blood, allowing even the most complex cases to be operated
Source: Maria Pia Hospital, Cardiovascular Department, Turin
Naples, 1 January 2018, a 62-year-old patient, C.M., was urgently transported to the Emergency Room complaining of severe chest pain. After initial testing, physicians at Ospedale Monaldi [Monaldi Hospital] diagnosed the patient with aortic dissection. The recommended treatment was to rapidly repair the major artery, avoiding the danger of a sudden rupture and violent haemorrhage.
However, an operation of the sort would require several transfusions of donor blood, a fundamental procedure for the medical staff in Naples to be able to operate. Furthermore, C.M. is a Jehovah’s Witness and, out of respect for his creed, transfusions were ruled out.
Maria Pia Hospital in Turin – a highly specialised GVM Care & Research facility – was therefore selected, since it specialises in bloodless surgery. This…