Jan 25, 2019
How important is it to screen patients for anaemia before
surgery? Has anaemia fallen off the health care agenda?
We begin with a conversation about patients who are anaemic
and then turn to why this is sometimes not checked enough. Monty
Mythen mentions UK University students appear to suffer from the
condition more these days and Lori Heller points out that
treating the condition, as part of patient optimisation, is
something of a revelation for some, even occasionally removing the
need for surgery altogether.
Discussion continues regarding haemoglobin levels and the
differentiation between men and women. The importance of
discovering the condition early on in the pre-habilitation process
is also emphasised. Towards the end of the piece Monty makes
some time to speak about the "Iron Woman - Iron Therapy for Female
athletes" study instigated by Professor Toby Richards.
This piece features Professors Monty Mythen
and Mike Grocott with
guests Lori Heller, Cardiac Anaestheisologist
from US Anaesthesia Partners at the Swedish Medical Center in
Seattle, and Mike Scott, Professor in the
department of Anesthesiology Virginia Commonwealth University
Health System in Richmond USA.