Intravenous literature: Kauffman, J. (2011) Recombinant Infusion Therapies Indicated for Bleeding Disorders. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 34(1), p.29-5.
Hemophilia is a genetic condition that causes prolonged bleeding in those affected after surgeries, dental procedures, and injuries. It has been treated with a variety of products in the modern era, with some of the treatments causing serious viral infections. The development of recombinant-factor products has led to longer life expectancy and better quality of life for those affected. The objectives of this article are to review the epidemiology and pathophysiology of hemophilia A and B and von Willebrands disease and to outline the development of treatment products, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each product. Research on newer products is progressing at a rapid pace. The article will also discuss some of the newer products currently in development.