Apheresis in the Critical Care Patient: What It Is and Why Your Patient Could Need It

Author(s): Christine Conrad, Mary Evans

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Hematology/Oncology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session provides a foundation for understanding why therapeutic apheresis, also known as PLEX or plasmapheresis, is ordered for the critical care patient. This procedure may be necessary for many reasons, but in the acutely ill critical care patient it can lifesaving. This session uncovers what it is and what you need to know before, during and after the apheresis procedure is completed.


  • Identify the preprocedural bloodwork required prior to any apheresis procedure.
  • Correlate the potential for hemodynamic instability and potential side effects during or after an apheresis procedure.
  • Explain what apheresis is and which acute diagnoses within the critical care areas would benefit from the procedure.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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