This course is designed for WIC personnel and other health care providers participating in hematological data collection and assessment.
The goals of the course are to:
- Increase awareness of related state policy and additional references
- Reinforce appropriate hematological data collection technique
- Enhance ability to critically think about hematological data assessment
Intended Audience/Course Level The examples provided in this course and some topics are specific to WIC, but much of the course is applicable to all health professionals who complete hematological assessments. The course will provide basic information for hemoglobin testing as well as critical thinking application of data assessment.
- State Policy – Collection Schedule
- Collection Technique/Universal Precautions
- Hemoglobin Reference Ranges and Related Health Conditions
- Critical Thinking Application of Hematological Data Collection and Assessment
Section 1: State Policy – Collection Schedule
After completing this section, participants will be able to:
- Identify differences in screening schedule for women, infants, and children.
- Describe situations when it is appropriate to skip the blood test.
Section 2: Collection Technique/Universal Precautions After completing this section, participants will be able to:
- Identify appropriate puncture sites for blood collection in all populations.
- Describe collection procedure including appropriate use of personal protective equipment.
Section 3: Hemoglobin Reference Ranges and Related Health Conditions After completing this section, participants will be able to:
- Identify low and high hemoglobin (hb) and hematocrit (hct) values in women, infants, and children.
- Identify appropriate referral criteria for abnormal blood values. • Describe nutritional factors that affect hemoglobin (hb) levels.
- Describe behavioral/lifestyle factors that affect hemoglobin (hb) levels.
Section 4: Critical Thinking Application of Hematological Data Collection and Assessment After completing this section, participants will be able to:
- Provide examples of additional assessment questions.
- Describe situations where lifestyle and nutritional factors can affect hemoglobin (hb) levels.
Course Cost: None
Course Completion Requirement: To successfully complete this course, you MUST view all content pages in the course, score 80% or higher on the post test, and complete the evaluation. This course has been approved for .24 nursing CEUs by Iowa Board of nursing Provider #94. The course has also been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 2.0 CPEUs (Level 2).