CPD: Major haemorrhage

Dr Josephine McCullagh · July 30, 2023

Welcome to the online course covering the basics of Major Haemorrhage.

By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the subject and the knowledge and skills required to practice in this field confidently.

Course details

In this comprehensive online course on major haemorrhage, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the management and critical aspects related to significant bleeding events. The course is structured into the following chapters, each focusing on a specific area of major haemorrhage:

1. Introduction and Objectives

In this introductory chapter, you will be familiarised with the course’s objectives and what you can expect to learn throughout the modules. We will provide an overview of the importance of managing major haemorrhage efficiently to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes.

2. Definitions

This chapter will cover essential definitions and terminology used in the context of major haemorrhage to establish a solid foundation for the rest of the course. You will learn about the classification of haemorrhage based on severity and its clinical implications.

3. Major Haemorrhage Protocols

In this chapter, we will focus on the protocols and guidelines for managing major haemorrhage efficiently. You will learn about evidence-based approaches to control bleeding, including the use of blood products, haemostatic agents, and other interventions. The chapter will cover the importance of teamwork and effective communication in implementing major haemorrhage protocols.

4. Alternatives to Blood Transfusion

This chapter will explore various alternatives to blood transfusion, especially in situations where blood products may not be readily available or appropriate. You will learn about the use of volume expanders, synthetic blood products, and other haemostatic agents as viable options in managing major haemorrhage.

5. Clinical Settings

In this chapter, we will explore major haemorrhage management in different clinical settings, such as trauma scenarios, surgical situations, and obstetric emergencies. You will learn how to adapt haemorrhage management strategies based on the specific clinical context and patient needs.

6. Delays

This chapter will address potential delays that can occur during the management of major haemorrhage and their impact on patient outcomes. We will discuss strategies to minimise delays in diagnosis, resuscitation, and treatment initiation, highlighting the significance of timely intervention.

7. Summary

In the final chapter, we will summarise the key points covered throughout the course, reinforcing your knowledge and understanding of managing major haemorrhage.

We will use video tutorials with English captions and an end-of-course assessment that awards a certificate upon successful completion.

It is estimated this course will take you 1 hour to complete.

The target audience for this course are:

  • Biomedical scientists/medical laboratory scientists
  • Haematology trainees and consultants
  • Haematopathology trainees and specialists

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About our tutor

Dr Josephine McCullagh DClinSci FRCPath

Josephine is a Clinical Scientist currently working as the Blood Transfusion Clinical Lead at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. She holds honorary contracts with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Barts Health NHS Trust, where she has just completed her doctoral research into the introduction of Whole Blood for trauma in the UK. Josephine has recently completed a 5 year Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) programme and is now a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath). Her main interests are transfusion education, patient blood management and the management of patients with acquired bleeding disorders.

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Program Includes

  • 7 Lessons
  • 1 Assessment
  • Program Certificate