Hospital Acquired Anemia: Anemia of Chronic Phlebotomy

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Live Program Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-460 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
  • Topic: Patient Blood Management
  • Intended Audience: Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, PBM Coordinators, Perfusionists, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Advanced, Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: Melanie Jorgenson, RN, BSN, LSSGB, Client Delivery Lead, Clinical Optimization, Accumen, Seattle, WA
    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: On-Demand Register 19EL-460-4031
    Group Viewing: On-Demand Register 19EL-460-8031

    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for General Participation, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel and Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage. Please note this program is not eligible for continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians.

    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. She serves on the Advisory Board (and guest lecturer) for the Bellarmine University Clinical Laboratory Science Program and serves as a medical advisor 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.