Analysis

The blood disorders that nursing students are failing to learn about

Lack of awareness of sickle cell and thalassaemia is leaving patients at risk, experts warn
Sickle cell disease refers to a group of blood disorders, the most severe of which is sickle cell anaemia

Lack of awareness of sickle cell and thalassaemia is leaving patients at risk, experts warn

  • Nursing Standard investigation finds 15 universities do not include any teaching on sickle cell in their preregistration nursing courses
  • Patients may miss out on vital care due to misconceptions about the disorders and a lack of training on how to recognise and treat symptoms
  • Expert advice on what to look for and how to ensure your patients receive the best possible care

One in five universities is failing to educate nursing students on two potentially life-threatening blood conditions, a Nursing Standard investigation has found.

15,000

The approximate number of people in the UK with sickle

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