Week 1
Overview of the bleeding patient 

  • What is coagulation
  • What is anaemia
  • What impacts coagulation ability in our patients

Learning outcomes:
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the physiology of coagulation
  • Understand regenerative and non-regenerative anaemia
  • Explain what might impact a patient to be able to coagulate normally (these will then be expanded upon in weeks 3 and 4)

Week 2
Blood transfusions

  • When to transfuse a patient
  • Different blood products available
  • Blood typing
  • Blood donations
  • Administration of blood products

Learning outcomes:
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how we identify patients in need of a blood transfusion
  • List the different blood products available on the veterinary market and which is the most suitable for the patient
  • Explain the process of blood typing and why this is necessary in cats and dogs
  • Describe how a blood donation is collected in a canine and feline donor – including donor selection, the donation procedure and processing of blood products
  • Discuss how to administer a blood transfusion and the common signs associated with a transfusion reaction

Week 3
Primary Coagulation Disorders 

  • Platelet disorders (IMTP/DIC)
  • Diagnosis of primary coagulation disorders
  • Thrombosis
  • Management of these patients

Learning outcomes:
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the physiology behind the most common primary platelet disorders seen in veterinary patients
  • Describe how diagnosis of coagulation disorders can be made in practice
  • Explain thrombosis and why this might occur in veterinary patients
  • Understand the different treatments available to patients with each of these disorders
  • Describe how to best nurse these patients whilst they are being cared for in the hospital

Week 4
Secondary Coagulation Disorders 

  • Congenital coagulation disorders
  • Acquired coagulation disorders
  • Treatment of coagulation disorders
  • Nursing considerations
  • Plasma transfusions

Learning outcomes:
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • List some of the congenital coagulation disorders and understand the physiology of each
  • List some of the common acquired coagulation disorders and understand the
    physiology of each
  • Describe the treatment options for these conditions
  • Discuss the common nursing considerations and interventions which can be implemented in the nursing care of these hospitalised patients
  • Describe when and how to administer a fresh frozen plasma to support a patient with a coagulopathy

The course will be fully tutored by Katie Gray and Elle Haskey, and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.