Hospital Acquired Anemia: Anemia of Chronic Phlebotomy

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Thursday, August 1, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 19EL-460 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Patient Blood Management
Intended Audience: Directors, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, PBM Coordinators, Perfusionists, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officer
Teaching Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Director: Melanie Jorgenson, RN, BSN, LSSGB, Client Delivery Lead, Clinical Optimization, Accumen, Seattle, WA
Moderator: Barbara A. Hewitt, RN, BSN, Transfusion Safety Officer, Transfusion Medicine Service, Department of Pathology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Speaker: Carolyn Burns, MD, Independent PBM Physician Consultant, Louisville, KY

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define hospital-acquired anemia (HAA) and distinguish it from anemia in general.
  • Discuss the prevalence and etiologies of HAA and its potential impact on patient outcomes.
  • Identify the strategies for prevention and management of HAA.
  • Incorporate appropriate metrics to monitor HAA within your institution and the impact of any prevention strategies.

Program Description

While new interventions and hospital treatments can lead to better patient outcomes, at times, these advancements may have consequences. One of these is hospital-acquired anemia (HAA) which is defined as a situation where patients leave the hospital with lower hemoglobin than when they arrived. This is of particular concern for patients who are not admitted with acute blood loss or anticipated blood loss from surgery. Every hospitalized patient is at risk for developing HAA, although certain patient factors and longer hospital stays increase the risk and severity of the anemia. Unfortunately, HAA is relatively common and has been associated with poorer patient outcomes and utilization of additional hospital resources. The prevention and management of HAA requires a multidisciplinary team approach with implementation of several strategies to promote early recognition and treatment.


   Program #
Single Viewer: Live Register19EL-460-2031
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-460-4031
Group Viewing: Live Register19EL-460-6031
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-460-8031
Group Viewing: Live & On-Demand Register19EL-460-9931

Continuing Education Credit

AABB estimates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) will be determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Carolyn Burns is a Board Certified Pathologist (AP/CP) and served as Medical Director/Chief of Pathology of the Jewish Hospital Healthcare System, Dept. of Pathology in Louisville, KY. from 1991-2011. This included medical directorship of Surgical Pathology, Transfusion and Tissue Services for this 5-hospital system. Additionally, she is an Asst. Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Pathology at the University of Louisville, on the Advisory Board (and guest lecturer) for the Bellarmine University Clinical Laboratory Science Program and serves as the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the American Red Cross Blood Center, River Valley Region. After earning her Microbiology degree with Honors from the University of Kansas in 1981, and her Medical Degree Cum Laude from the University of Missouri in 1986, Dr. Burns completed an internship in General Surgery followed by Pathology residency at the University of Louisville. Dr. Burns is an active member of several medical societies including AABB, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists where she serves on the Education Committee, and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management where she serves on the Board, has recently been elected Treasurer and is the editor of the SABM Newsletter. Dr. Burns is a board member as well for the Kentucky Association of Blood Banks. Dr. Burns is a passionate advocate for Patient Blood Management, has been published in peer reviewed journals and textbooks, and is often sought as an engaging speaker on diverse transfusion topics. Current interests also include Laboratory Management and Utilization, another venue which promotes quality, safe, patient-centered care.