Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia - 249-026-17

Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia

by Anne Ahlman, MPT and Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)
(4.7 / 597 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Anemia is defined as a condition in which there is an inadequate number of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) in the body, an abnormally low amount of the iron-rich protein hemoglobin in the existing red blood cells, or both. Although anemia can occur at any age, the development of anemia becomes increasingly common with aging and affects approximately 11% of people 65 and older and more than 20% of those older than 85. Overall, one-third of anemias in this cohort are attributed to nutritional causes (iron, B-9, and B-12 deficiencies), one-third to chronic disease or infection (chronic renal failure, cancer, autoimmune diseases), and one-third are ultimately unexplained.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help laboratory professionals identify the etiology, presentation, consequences, and interventions associated with commonly found types of anemia. After studying the material presented here, 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
Level of Instruction: Basic

Approval Information
This course is designed for laboratory professionals.
OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-026-17 "Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia" is approved 05/08/2017 to 05/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 2/28/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/27/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Ashley T - rowlett, TX  ·  Apr 22, 2019
well written and informative
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Mike S - Grants, NM  ·  Apr 18, 2019
Material was well organized
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BARBARA R - WESLEY CHAPEL, FL  ·  Apr 16, 2019
It's helpful in my field-Hematology
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Tara M - AUSTIN, TX  ·  Apr 10, 2019
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Baseer A - Yonkers, NY  ·  Apr 08, 2019
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Price: $10.00
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