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Role of Nurses Performing Therapeutic Venesection - Desma Wieringa
The role of primary health care nurses and nurse practitioners in managing haemochromatosis is likely to become more common in the future. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service ARCBS is the primary provider of therapeutic venesections for people with haemochromatosis, however a gap in servicing people in regional and remote areas remains. Callers to Haemochromatosis Australia’s information line constantly report difficulties in accessing therapeutic venesections indicating a lack of venesection services and an increasing need for venesections in primary care settings.
Anecdotal evidence suggesting that people with moderately high levels of iron overload benefit from therapeutic venesections, has recently been confirmed in a randomised blind study. Demand for venesections is likely to increase in light of these findings.