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