Severity of adult anemia does not reliably indicate its origin or clinical significance. Causes range from dietary insufficiency to occult bleeding and from chronic disease processes to hemolysis. NPs can identify the different types of anemia with a thorough history, physical examination, and appropriate laboratory testing.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Vicki Lynn Montoya is a cardiology nurse practitioner with Cardiovascular Associates, Orlando, Fla.
Diane Wink is associate professor at the University of Central Florida School of Nursing, Orlando, Fla.
Mary Lou Sole is professor at the University of Central Florida School of Nursing, Orlando, Fla.
Of the 1.5 ANCC contact hours awarded for this activity, 0.5 are applicable toward a pharmacology requirement.