SANDRA KURTIN

Message From the Program Chair

September 2021

SANDRA KURTIN, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN®

Nurse Practitioner
University of Arizona and University of Arizona Cancer Center

As many return to school this fall, we are reminded that as health care providers, we are challenged to engage in life-long learning to assimilate the constant advances in science and the resulting changes in recommendations for the diagnosis and management of illnesses relevant to our clinical practice, as well as disorders that may provide valuable insights into patient issues outside our scope of care.

JADPRO’s benign hematology program this month features compelling short videos in which faculty pair with a colleague or invited guest to highlight key concepts, current treatment, supportive care decisions, and patient education in the management of selected blood disorders.

For the Autoimmune Cytopenias pillar, David Hughes and Frances Blevins discuss in a video the current initial treatment and long-term management of chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), along with dosing considerations and adverse drug events related to specific agents. Don’t miss David’s presentation on ITP at JADPRO Live Virtual, starting this October 7!

Natasha Johnson and Sara Tinsley describe the case of a 22-year-old male patient in their Bone Marrow Failure Disorders video, in their review of diagnosis and management of benign paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). As Dr. Tinsley explains, PNH should be considered in younger patients with Coombs-negative hemolytic anemia and/or an unprovoked thrombosis.

The Hemoglobinopathies pillar video by Susan Carson and Anne Nord reviews the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease and its four subtypes, highlighting ways to address its acute and chronic complications and smooth the transition into adult care.

Jennifer Donkin, in the Hereditary/Acquired Bleeding Disorders video, interviews Michelle Witkop, Head of Research at the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). Dr. Witkop provides an overview of the NHF’s work; the Foundation’s resources for patients and advanced practitioners; and important trends in hemophilia research.

I hope you continue to find areas where these updates complement your ongoing education, and I welcome any comments you may have on the latest videos, news reports, and resources.

 

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