As he waited to be taken down to the gym for his occupational therapy session the day after his knee replacement, Joe reached for a cup of ice water and rattled it, selecting a few ice cubes to chew on. He was frustrated by his poor endurance and couldn’t remember when he had last felt so tired — all he seemed to do was lie around! The last time Joe tried to get out of bed independently, his head swam, his calves cramped, and he nearly fell. Joe felt irritated that after a lifetime of being “the strong one,” he now felt as weak as a kitten, and he seemed to have trouble concentrating when his therapist was trying to assess his performance in various occupations. Joe sighed wearily as his physician approached and was surprised when she told him that the mystery was solved.
The goal of this program is to help occupational therapists identify the etiology, presentation, consequences, and interventions associated with commonly found types of anemia. After reading this module, you will be able to —
- Describe the etiology of anemia and discuss the different types.
- Explain typical laboratory blood work findings associated with commonly found types of anemia.
- List medical treatments typically associated with anemia.
Content Level: Intermediate
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Gannett Education is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
Gannett Education is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).