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Introduction

The content for these courses is based on the national Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 3 Medical.

These courses

  • 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.

Pre-requisite

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

Course Details

These courses aim to help you understand and apply blood management strategies in the care of your patients with various medical conditions.

Medical

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

Learning objectives:

  • 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.

Specialty Courses

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.

Endorsement

International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

NMBoard_web 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.

Assessment

There is an online assessment of six multiple choice questions at the end of the Medical course and

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.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully

completed the course assessment.

If you don’t pass a course assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended

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.

You can see a summary of the courses and modules you have successfully completed in My certificates

or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Team

Dr Amanda Thomson: Medical Writer/Editor
Ms Louise English: Clinical Education Project Officer
Ms Trudi Verrall: Clinical Education Lead
Ms Michele Wood: Program Manager

 

Peer Reviewer

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

 

Expert interviews

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.

 

Appreciation

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

 

Production Team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia
Interactive Design and Development: Peter Bailes, Chris Faulkner and Andrew Dunn
Software Development: Chris Faulkner and Andrew Dunn
Graphic Design: Kristin Stone and Caroline Gliddon
Photography: Chris Sprod
Video Photography and Production: Greg Opie
Editor: Helen Snoswell
Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd

 

Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority