Running head: WEEKLY DISCUSSIONS1Week 07: Discussion Student, RN, BSNSummer 2017NURS 6501N-38: Advanced PathophysiologyDr. InstructorWalden University
WEEKLY DISCUSSIONS2Week 7: Hematological SystemOften in the medical field, an emphasis is placed on the importance of the heart and the lungs. While these two organs are vital to the sustainability of life, the blood is what makes the cardiovascular and respiratory systems function—it’s the connection for the heart and lungs. For this reason, disorders of the hematological system can be potentially devastating for patients. Consider the case of Connie Prochnow. Connie was diagnosed with leukemia after seeking medical care for bruising, shortness of breath, and exhaustion. Her blood disorder resulted in alterations that impacted other body systems, including her respiratory system (UW Health, 2012). Since the heart and the lungs rely so heavily on the blood, it is important that hematological disorders are quickly identified and managed.This week, as you focus on hematological disorders commonly presented to advanced practice nurses, you examine the pathophysiology of anemia. You also explore the impact of patient factors on anemic disorders.ReferenceProchnow, C. (n.d.). Restoring hope: A cancer patient shares her story. Retrieved September 11, 2012, from Learning ObjectivesStudents will:Analyze the pathophysiology of anemiaCompare the pathophysiology of iron deficiency anemia to the pathophysiology of other types of anemiaEvaluate the impact of patient factors on anemic disordersUnderstand and apply key terms, concepts, and principles related to alterations of the hematological systemPhoto Credit: JPC-PROD/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty imagesLearning Resources Required ReadingsHuether, S. E., & McCance, K. L. (2012). Understanding pathophysiology(Laureate custom ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.Chapter 20, “Structure and Function of the Hematologic System”This chapter examines components of the hematologic system, development of blood cells, mechanisms of hemostasis, and hematologic value changes in pediatrics and geriatrics. It also focuses on common blood tests for hematologic disorders.Chapter 21, “Alterations of Hematologic Function”This chapter focuses on common alterations of hematologic function, including alterations of erythrocyte function, leukocyte function, lymphoid function, splenic function, platelets, and coagulation.Chapter 22, “Alterations of Hematologic Function in Children”This chapter expands on alterations of hematologic function by presenting disorders that affect children, such as disorders of erythrocytes, coagulation, and platelets.
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