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AM21-13: Therapeutic Phlebotomy - Providing a Simple and Effective Treatment

‐ Oct 17, 2021 6:00pm

Expiration Date: Dec 31, 2023

Credits: None available.

Phlebotomy is an ancient medical procedure that has been performed for thousands of years. In the 20th century, evidence supporting the use of therapeutic phlebotomy (TP) in conditions such as including hereditary hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera, and secondary iron overload became available. Despite the widespread use, TP is sometimes viewed as an orphan procedure because there is lack of standardization in how, where, and by whom the procedure is performed. This session will review complications of iron overload, indications for TP, and complications/adverse events associated with TP. Potential billing challenges will be identified and addressed. Pediatric considerations will be explored, including necessary vascular access, and relative rates of iron removal in growing patients. Finally, a blood center’s perspective on optimizing their adult TP program will be explored.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of transfusion medicine physicians in the performance of therapeutic phlebotomy procedures.
  • Review best practices for performance of therapeutic phlebotomy in patients with small blood volumes.
  • Summarize challenges and opportunities associated with a community blood center therapeutic phlebotomy program.
  • Identify indications for therapeutic phlebotoby (TP) and the long-term complications of iron overload.




  • Catherine Mazzei:
    Nothing to Disclose
  • Jennifer Webb, MD, MSCE:
    Nothing to Disclose
  • Alexis Peedin, MD:
    Nothing to Disclose

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Credits Available

AM21-13: Therapeutic Phlebotomy - Providing a Simple and Effective Treatment Evaluation