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Iatrogenic Anemia

Slide 2

January 2011

The amount of blood needed to perform a laboratory test is a concern of laboratorians, as well as a concern of patients and their family members. Why do we care?

The terms iatrogenic anemia, nosocomial anemia and investigational anemia are applied to the anemia that results from blood loss due to repeated venipunctures for the purposes of obtaining specimens for laboratory testing. This type of anemia is not uncommon and is most often seen in seriously ill hospitalized patients who are tested frequently and in infants with small blood volumes.

Iatrogenic Anemia


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