Chronic Anemia and the Role of the Infusion Therapy Nurse

Jeffrey Betcher, Velvet Van Ryan, Joseph R Mikhael

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Abstract

Chronic anemia develops over a course of weeks to months and is usually mild to moderate in nature. It is important to understand the etiology of the reduced number of circulating red blood cells to treat the anemia appropriately. Diagnosis is dependent on patient history and laboratory findings, such as complete blood counts, iron studies, a peripheral smear, and occasionally, a bone marrow biopsy. Treatment modalities frequently administered by infusion therapy nurses include treatment of the underlying chronic disease, replacement of deficiencies (iron, vitamin B12, folate, or erythropoietin), or transfusion of red blood cells. Infusion therapy nurses play a vital role in the assessment and delivery of medication therapy to patients with chronic anemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-348
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Infusion Nursing
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 25 2015

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Anemia
Nurses
Iron
Play Therapy
Vitamin B 12 Deficiency
Erythrocyte Transfusion
Blood Cell Count
Therapeutics
Erythropoietin
Folic Acid
Chronic Disease
Erythrocytes
Bone Marrow
Biopsy

Keywords

  • anemia
  • chronic
  • ESA
  • infusion
  • iron

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  • Nursing(all)

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Chronic Anemia and the Role of the Infusion Therapy Nurse. / Betcher, Jeffrey; Van Ryan, Velvet; Mikhael, Joseph R.

In: Journal of Infusion Nursing, Vol. 38, No. 5, 25.09.2015, p. 341-348.

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Betcher, Jeffrey ; Van Ryan, Velvet ; Mikhael, Joseph R. / Chronic Anemia and the Role of the Infusion Therapy Nurse. In: Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2015 ; Vol. 38, No. 5. pp. 341-348.
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