Though sometimes underused, the results of a complete blood count can provide important information to the healthcare professional. Understanding the components of the blood test and the factors which influence each level will help the provider in determining if anemia is present and in identifying the type of anemia — iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia or folic acid deficiency anemia. Knowledge of specific components of the CBC — hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscle volume, mean corpuscle hemoglobin and mean corpuscle hemoglobin concentration — are necessary to identify the type of anemia present. Knowledge of the variations in CBC results and their causes will help the provider to identify which additional labs, if ordered, could provide a clearer picture of the medical issues in his/her patient. This self-study module will illuminate each component of the CBC and the rationale for interpreting the results.
The goal of this continuing education program is to enhance nurses’, dietitians’, dietary managers’ and respiratory therapists’ understanding of information provided in a standard complete blood count (CBC). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Define each standard component of a CBC
- Categorize three common anemias based on findings of the CBC
- Describe three relationships between the components of a CBC
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians and respiratory therapists.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 3 course. Learning Codes: 2090, 2100, 3000, 3005, 3060, 5000, 5090, 5100, 5280.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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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.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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