CPD: The Effect of Iron Deficiency on Red Cell Indices and Morphology

Alex Landridge · February 28, 2023

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Course details

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the role of iron in red cells, causes and dietary sources of iron deficiency, and the impact of iron deficiency on the full blood count.

In this course, we will explore the biochemical and physiological aspects of iron metabolism, including the role of iron in red cell production and the impact of iron deficiency on the body. We will discuss the various causes of iron deficiency, such as dietary insufficiency, malabsorption, and chronic blood loss.

We will also examine the changes that occur in the full blood count and blood film in iron deficiency, as well as the diagnostic considerations for iron deficiency, including laboratory tests, differential diagnosis, and treatment options.

By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of iron deficiency and its impact on the full blood count, as well as the skills and knowledge needed to diagnose and manage iron deficiency in clinical practice.

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 40 minutes to complete.

The target audience for this course are:

  • Biomedical scientists/medical laboratory scientists
  • Haematology trainees
  • Haematopathology trainees and specialists
  • Medical students
  • General medical clinicians

Your course certificate will be available for download after successfully completing the course assessment. If you have difficulty downloading your certificate, please email admin@blood-academy.com for further assistance.

In line with Royal College of Pathologists (UK) advice, an activity should only be claimed for if an educational benefit has been gained by performing the activity.

The course is accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) for 1 CPD point.


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About our tutor

Dr Alex Langridge

Alex is a haematology consultant working at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust. He trained at Newcastle University and has been in the North-East throughout his training. His main clinical interest is myeloma. He has a keen interest in education and informatics and has developed the Buku Medicine app to help clinicians with the interpretation of initially haematology lab results but subsequently now 5 other specialties as well.

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Program Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • 1 Assessment
  • Program Certificate