GHPC promoting free online CME course on sickle cell disease

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) is encouraging physicians and nurses and other clinicians who care for patients who have sickle cell disease (SCD) to take a free, web-based ‘Reducing Complications of Therapeutic Blood Transfusion in Sickle Cell Disease’ CME course that it developed with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

GHPC says that, “Blood transfusion is an established therapy for treating and preventing certain SCD-related complications. The goal of this course is to increase the use of evidence-based practices among primary and emergency health care providers, thereby reducing the rates of transfusion-related complications in these patients.”

It adds that, “The course builds on current recommendations and addresses additional aspects of quality, effective SCD management. The introductory module covers general considerations for transfusion in SCD and the genetic and biological foundations of the most common transfusion complications. The remaining modules are case-based scenarios addressing specific areas of concern, including use of blood transfusion during acute illness, delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions, and management of chronic transfusion.”

And GHPC notes that, “The four modules can be taken independently and have no prerequisites. Continuing education credit is being jointly provided by the CDC, Georgia State University, and Emory University School of Medicine.”

Contact Mary Hulihan at mhulihan@cdc.gov with questions. 

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