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Anaemia guidance for nurses: minimising perioperative risk

New guidance on managing anaemia outlines a patient-centred perioperative pathway that focuses on reducing the risk of surgical complications

New guidance on managing anaemia outlines a patient-centred perioperative pathway that focuses on reducing the risk of surgical complications

Anaemia is a condition in which the individual’s blood has a low level of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the body.

There are many causes of anaemia, but often it is related to iron deficiency. Symptoms include fatigue, breathlessness and feeling faint, however there can be no symptoms. Anaemia is diagnosed by measuring the level of haemoglobin in the blood.

Why do nurses need to consider anaemia in patients having surgery?

People who have anaemia are 2-3 times more likely to experience complications following surgery , such as poorer wound healing, slower mobilisation and even increased risk of

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