Anemia is defined as insufficient circulating red cell mass with a hemoglobin of ˂ 130 in men ˂ 120 in women. Iron deficient anemia is the most common type of anemia worldwide and in the surgical population. Preoperative anemia affects 30-40% of patients undergoing surgery and is an independent risk factor for perioperative red blood cell transfusion which may increase postoperative complications and increase hospital length of stay, morbidity and mortality.
This module will examine the etiology of preoperative anemia, discuss appropriate investigations to identify the causes of anemia in your patients, and outline appropriate treatment strategies.
After completing this module, you will be able to:
This continuing professional development (CPD) program has been designed to consider the following roles as defined by the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework: