Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia - 384-026-20

Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)
(5.0 / 3 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 amount of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) in the body, an unusually low amount of the iron-saturated protein hemoglobin in  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 (Macedo, Dias, Camara, & Antunes, 2017). 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 content in this course is applicable to Laboratory Professionals.
After taking this course, you should 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
Relias LLC 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 #384).
384-026-20 "Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia" is approved 04/03/2020 to 04/03/2022.
Relias LLC is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/20/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/20/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2022

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

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Derek S - Ball, LA  ·  May 08, 2020
It was very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter.
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Price: $10.00
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