News and practice for haematology nurse specialists
NICE has issued final draft guidance recommending lenalidomide, an immunomodulatory drug also known as Revlimid, as an option for treating myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).
A treatment for people with chronic hepatitis C has been given draft approval for use in the NHS, after the drug’s manufacturer agreed to reduce the price.
Latest research: haematology
Hypertension is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure; accurate blood pressure measurement is essential for correct diagnosis
Neonates with suspected early-onset sepsis are often treated aggressively with antibiotics before infection is confirmed. NICE has recommended a gentler approach
Over the past few weeks I have edited a five-part series on blood transfusion, which has reminded me of the multiple points at which things can go seriously wrong, from taking a cross-match blood sample to administration of a blood transfusion.
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Anaemia is often overlooked as its symptoms – shortness of breath, palpitations, headache and dizziness, for example – can be put down to a range of other conditions.