1:30 PM EDT: Build Me Up! Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia occurs when there is an imbalance in oral iron intake or absorption of iron, or when blood loss results in depleted iron stores. This results in the body's inability to fully support erythrocyte production. Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia can include fatigue, lethargy, dyspnea, and the inability to tolerate exercise. The diagnosis and correction of iron deficiency is important and can improve quality of life, as well as decrease the need for blood transfusion to correct anemia. Intravenously administered iron is one approach to replace iron and is a medication that is often administered by many infusion nurses. This session will discuss the pathophysiology of iron deficiency anemia, the interpretation of iron panel laboratory results, and intravenous iron replacement therapy.

Learning Outcome: After the session, attendees will be able to explain the importance of treating iron deficiency anemia.

Contact Hours: 1
CRNI® RUs: 2


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