Anemia Management in Chronically Ill Patients

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.   
Live Program: Thursday September 14, 2017 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 17EL-157 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical 
Topic: Patient Blood Management
Intended Audience: Physicians, PBM Coordinators, TSOs, Nurses, Medical Technologists, Perfusionists, Laboratory Staff
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Kathy Puca, MD, Medical Director, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Part of Versiti, Milwaukee, WI
Speakers: Irwin Gross, MD, Senior Medical Director, Accumen, Brunswick, ME

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the incidence of anemia in non-surgical patients with chronic illnesses, including those with cardiac and renal disease.
  • Describe the current testing approaches including use of reticulocyte hemoglobin content and hepcidin to assist with diagnosis and response to therapy.
  • Review current management of anemia in these patients to prevent or reduce blood transfusion.

Program Description

Anemia is highly prevalent among chronically ill patients and greatly affects the quality of life of this population. This eLearning session will help raise awareness of the incidence of anemia in the chronically ill, the available laboratory testing to investigate and correctly diagnose this condition, and the most effective approach to treat their condition.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4031-157
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8031-157

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Irwin Gross currently serves as Senior Medical Director at Accumen LLC. He received his undergraduate, graduate and medical degree from the University of Michigan. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology having completed his residency training at the University of Vermont in 1985. He practiced pathology at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Eastern Maine Healthcare System from 187 -2014. During that time he served as Medical Director of Transfusion Services. From 1998 through 2006 he was Medical Director of Clinical Laboratories at Affiliated Laboratory Inc., also serving as Chief of the Pathology Service.

In 2006, Dr. Gross left his private practice group and founded the EMMC Patient Blood Management Program where he remained until January 2015 to become the Senior Medical Director at Accumen, a consulting company specializing in patient blood management and laboratory optimization. Dr. Gross has served for many years on the Board of the Society for Advancement of Patient Blood Management (SABM). He chairs the SABM Standards Committee.