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Thrombocytopenia and ITP

Author: Elisabeth Sosa, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP

CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Nurses are required to be knowledgeable about how thrombocytopenia occurs. ITP, idiopathic thrombocytopenia, is a cause of thrombocytopenia that nurses need to understand and be able to educate patients about in terms of bleeding risk and disease management. The purpose of this course is to help nurses develop an understanding of the treatment of thrombocytopenia, specifically idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), as well as the bleeding precautions in patients with thrombocytopenia.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
    1. Case study: Mary
    2. Definion of thrombocytopenia
    3. Causes of thrombocytopenia
  2. Major Causes Of Thrombocytopenia
  3. Drugs That May Cause Thrombocytopenia
    1. ITP: What is it?
    2. ITP: How is it diagnosed
    3. Complications of thrombocytopenia
    4. Patient education: bleeding precautions
  4. Bleeding Precautions
    1. General treatment of thrombocytopenia
    2. Treatment of ITP
      1. Corticosteroids
      2. Immunoglobulin (IVIG)
      3. Anti-Rh (D) immune globulin
      4. Rituximab
      5. Splenectomy
      6. Eltrombopag
      7. Romiplostim
  5. On Reflection: Mary (case study)udy)
  6. Summary


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