Fit for surgery, fit for life

Iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anaemia are common, affecting around one in ten Australians. For people undergoing elective surgery, iron-deficiency anaemia is a predictor of blood transfusion which is associated with adverse outcomes including mortality. This online module aims to support general practitioners and practice nurses in preoperative blood management. It highlights their important role in reducing exposure to blood products by identifying and treating anaemia and iron deficiency in people for whom surgery is planned.

This activity has been developed with funding from the National Blood Authority, Australia.

Target audience: GPs and Nurses

Open to: GPs, Pharmacists, Nurses, Students

Cost: Free

CPD points: Nurses, Self-directed CPD - view details

Getting started

Learning outcomes

On completion of this activity you should be able to:

  • Assess and screen for iron deficiency and anaemia in patients preparing for elective surgery.
  • Differentiate between iron deficiency anaemia with and without an inflammatory influence through interpreting pathology results.
  • Identify indications and treatment duration for iron therapy, and prescribe appropriately.
  • Explain the importance of investigating the underlying cause of iron deficiency and undertake appropriate investigations to identify the underlying cause.
  • Organise appropriate support for patients with iron deficiency anaemia (with or without inflammatory component) who are planning surgery.
  • Develop a multidisciplinary approach to monitor and manage patients pre- and post-surgery.

Continuing professional development points


This activity is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 1 CPD hour according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Continuing Professional Development Standard.

Self-directed CPD

It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.

Last modified: Thursday, 24 February 2022, 10:19 AM