The content for these courses is based on the national Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 3 Medical.
- aim to help you understand and apply blood management strategies in the care of your patients with various medical conditions
- are for healthcare professionals – primarily nurses and doctors – caring for patients with medical conditions.
The medical course will need to be completed before you can access any of the five specialty courses (cancer, cardiac, chronic kidney disease, chronic transfusion and gastrointestinal).
Time frame to complete courses
- Medical – one hour
- Cancer – 45 minutes
- Cardiac – 30 minutes
- Chronic Kidney Disease – 45 minutes
- Chronic Transfusion – 45 minutes
- Gastrointestinal – 45 minutes
These courses aim to help you understand and apply blood management strategies in the care of your patients with various medical conditions.
Content within this course is delivered under the following headings:
- Considering PBM for medical patients
- Optimising red cell mass
- Minimising blood loss
- Managing tolerance of haematological deficiencies
- explain the causes of anaemia in your medical patients and outline the approach to assessment and management, including ensuring that iron stores are adequate
- recognise the risks of bleeding in your medical patients, and outline strategies to minimise blood loss and their application in clinical practice
- describe strategies which can help to optimise your medical patient’s tolerance to anaemia, and the consensus guidance which should be used when transfusion cannot be avoided.
The cardiac, cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic transfusion and gastrointestinal specialty courses contain content under headings similar to those in the Medical course. Specific learning objectives for each specialty course can be found on the Introduction page of the course.
These courses were released Apr 2015, (except Chronic Transfusion which was released Jun 2015).
The content is based on current clinical guidelines, other evidence-based material and/or expert opinion. We regularly review our courses to reflect any changes in these source materials.
Endorsement & CPD
BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.
|International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)|
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
|Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of each of the Medical and Specialty courses, demonstrates that on average it takes between approximately 30 minutes and one hour to complete each course. Therefore it is recommended to view the Introduction page to record the correct amount of time allocated to each individual course for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
|Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of each of the Medical and Specialty courses, demonstrates that on average it takes between approximately 30 minutes and one hour to complete each course. Therefore it is recommended to view the Introduction page to record the correct amount of time allocated to each individual course for the purpose of CPD.
also at the end of each of the Specialty courses.
A minimum grade of 66% (four out of six questions correct) is required to complete each course.
You need to successfully complete the Medical course before you can access the Specialty courses.
completed the course assessment.
you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.
You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.
or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.
Thanks to the wider group of health professionals who provided evaluation and feedback during the development process. We would particularly like to thank:
Medical – Dr Melanie Wroth, Dr Sandy Minck, Ms Penny O’Beid, Ms Angie Dalli
Cancer – Associate Professor Peter Bardy, Associate Professor Jeff Szer, Dr Tony Dowling, Ms Joanne Greaves, Ms Adrienne Harper
Cardiac – Dr Lyn Presley, Dr Karl Poon, Ms Bronwyn Pearse
Chronic Kidney Disease – Associate Professor Robert MacGinley, Dr Karthik Kumar
Chronic Transfusion – Dr Rob Lindeman, Dr Stephanie P’Ng, Dr Erica Wood, Ms Carolyn Greely, Mr Jacob Gipson
Gastrointestinal – Professor Jane Andrews, Dr Siddarth Sood, Ms Catherine Davy
Thanks to Professor Jane Andrews, Associate Professor Larry McNicol, Dr Mark Schoeman, Dr Ben Saxon, Ms Ann Kruger and Ms Anne Arnold, and Ms Cheryl O’Brien for their willingness to be a part of these courses.
BloodSafe eLearning Australia wish to thank the:
- Royal Adelaide Hospital Pharmacy Department for providing medications for photography
- Staff in the dialysis unit at Noarlunga Hospital
- Flinders Medical Centre
- Australian haemoglobinopathies nurses group
And thank you for your expert assistance:
- Dr Colin Story
- Dr Kobie Von Wielligh
- Dr Miranda Sunaina
- Ms Ann Kruger, Ms Anne Arnold and Ms Jane van der Jeugd
Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority