Iron deficiency (ID) is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia. Management is based on initiation of iron therapy to correct ID, and concurrent diagnosis and management of the underlying cause. This clinical audit aims to improve the management of patients with iron deficiency following oral or IV iron supplementation.
This module aims to educate GPs on the prevalence of ID and IDA in key patient populations, and looks at strategies to diagnose ID and how to interpret pathology reporting. Participants will learn about differences in available treatment approaches including how to initiate IV iron where appropriate.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia and is significantly underdiagnosed, but increased testing and targeted management can improve outcomes. A/Prof Ralph Audehm discusses the proactive identification of patients who may be iron deficient, and outlines useful management methods involving education, diet and iron supplementation.