Chelation therapy for iron overload: Nursing practice implications


Intravenous literature: Eckes, E.J. (2011) Chelation Therapy for Iron Overload: Nursing Practice Implications. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 34(6), p.374–380.


Many diseases of the blood are treated with blood transfusion therapy. Chronic transfusions can cause iron overload, and, if untreated, can cause end-organ damage. Chelation therapy provides a way of treating iron overload and minimizing its adverse effects. Nurses need to understand that iron overload is a consequence of chronic blood transfusion, and they need to know what effects it has on end organs and what treatment options are available.

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