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Haematology Nursing

Marvelle Brown (Editor), Tracey Cutler (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6996-7
336 pages
May 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Haematology Nursing is a comprehensive handbook, with a nursing focus, on the care and management of patients with haematological disorders. Divided into four sections, the first provides an introduction to haematology, looking at haemopoiesis, immunology and genetics. Section Two covers non-malignant haematology, including anaemia, haemoglobinopathies and haemochromatosis. Section Three explores the pathophysiology, care and management of myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders, including leukaemia, myeloma, and lymphoma.  The final section provides information on various nursing care interventions, including blood transfusion, venous access devices, and palliative care.

Aimed principally at nurses working in a variety of settings including haematology/oncology wards, medical/haematology wards, specialist bone marrow transplant centres, and community settings, Haematology Nursing is an essential and much-needed reference guide.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Foreword x

Section 1 Introduction to haematology 1

1 Understanding haemopoiesis 3
Marvelle Brown

2 Immunology 22
Jane Richardson and Tracey Cutler

3 Genes and haematology 37
Gwyneth Morgan

4 The cell 50
Louise Knight

Section 2 Non-malignant haematology 61


5 Aplastic anaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 63
Audrey Yandle

6 Nutritional anaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 79
Marvelle Brown

7 Acquired haemolytic anaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 96
Marvelle Brown

8 Inherited haemolytic anaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 107
Marvelle Brown


9 Sickle cell disease and thalassaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 117
Marvelle Brown


10 Haemochromatosis: pathophysiology, care and management 150
Jan Green

Section 3 Myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders 163

11 Polycythaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 165
Marvelle Brown

12 The myelodysplastic syndromes: pathophysiology, care and management 171
Jackie Green

13 Acute leukaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 183
Jackie Green

14 Chronic leukaemia: pathophysiology, care and management 195
Samantha Toland

15 Multiple myeloma: pathophysiology, care and management 202
Marvelle Brown

16 Lymphoma: pathophysiology, care and management 217
Tracey Cutler

Section 4 Nursing care interventions 233

17 Blood transfusion 235
Jan Green

18 Venous access devices 261
Janice Gabriel

19 Chemotherapy and monoclonal antibodies 275
Alison Simons and Tracey Cutler

20 Haemopoietic stem cell transplant 287
Tracey Cutler

21 Palliative care in haematology 300
Dion Smyth

Glossary of terms 314

Index 317

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Author Information

Marvelle Brown is a Macmillan Senior Lecturer in Haematology and Programme Leader for BSc(Hons) professional practice degrees, has worked in haematology nursing for 12 years. She entered nurse education in 1991 and specialises as a lecturer for the Clinical Haematology degree for nurses at the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University in Ealing. Marvelle has spoken widely at nursing conferences both nationally and internationally and features regularly in the nursing press including the RCN publication Cancer Nursing Practice.

Tracey Jane Burgoyne is Senior Lecturer/Practitioner in Haematology at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, and is programme director for the degree level study in Haematology, Cancer Care and Palliative Care and runs the Haematology and chemotherapy courses.

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