Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 6810-OL1

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr John Chovan

Keywords

Anemia, Blood loss, Iron deficiency, Iron replacement therapy, Microcytic-hypochromic anemia, Pathophysiology

Subject Categories

Family Practice Nursing

Abstract

“Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common type of nutritional disorder worldwide, occurring in both developing and developed countries and affecting as many as one-fifth of the world population” (Huether & McCance, 2018, p. 934). There are many causes including bleeding (usually intestinal or menstrual), pregnancy, malnutrition, and malabsorption. Some of the signs and symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, exertional shortness of breath, cold intolerance, and paler than normal skin tones. The American Society of Hematology (2019) reports iron is important in the production of hemoglobin and maintenance of healthy cells. The topic of IDA was chosen as a result of how common this disorder is. It will be certain that advanced practice nurses (APN) will see patients with this pathophysiology and it is imperative that it is well understood. This poster will provide insight to APN students about the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of IDA.

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