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B12 and Pernicious Anaemia

B12 course information

This course concentrates on B12 deficiency, symptoms, treatments and management.

The course covers B12 deficiency, pernicious anaemia, diagnosis, treatment and management. It also covers signs and symptoms of  pernicious anaemia.  This course is interactive and we include case studies and discuss issues regarding diagnostic testing. 

We review inclusion and exclusion criteria and identification of appropriate clients. Delegates will get the opportunity to review practice with hands on practical demonstrations of how to give injections correctly. We will cover administration techniques, where to give the injections and record keeping / documentation. We will discuss role and responsibilities and contraindications and precautions. The delegates will leave this course with an example of an individual protocol of Patient Specific Direction (PSD) and a competence based framework document to be used in practice. This course is  very interactive.


aims and objectives

  • Understand the need for accountability and responsibility in relation to role development

  • Demonstrate an understanding of safe practice

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of pernicious anaemia

  • Describe pernicious anaemia and its impact on patients

  • Fully understand the principles, and practice B12 deficiency and B12 injections

  • Understand the importance of safety issues related to giving injections

  • Understand the law relating to role and function of the HCA and prescribing.

  • Describe why patients require B12 injections

  • Be able to correctly identify anatomical sites for injections

  • Demonstrate correct administration techniques

  • Demonstrate how to correctly dispose of waste

  • Demonstrate correct infection control procedures and use of PPE

  • Describe when patients require referral and understand the importance of referral using correct clinical pathways

  • Demonstrate an understanding of anaphylaxis and emergency procedures

  • Understand the need for correct prescribing procedures

  • Be able to document consultations following your organisations procedures


course contents

  • Role and responsibilities

  • Accountability guidelines and requirements

  • Pernicious anaemia

  • Blood- function

  • B12 Deficiency

  • Risk factors/groups

  • Causes of B12 deficiency

  • Diagnosis and reference ranges, testing

  • Protocols and guidelines

  • Factors affecting B12 diagnosis and treatment

  • Factors affecting absorption

  • B12 injections and common side effects

  • Could it be B12 Deficiency

  • Supplements

  • Side effects and management including ADR’s

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Contraindications and Precautions

  • Correct Administration and techniques including a practical session

  • Injection sites

  • Legal Issues including consent

  • Prescribing

  • Patient-Specific Directions

  • What to record

  • Storage

  • Disposal of injections/waste

  • Infection control

  • Needlestick injuries

  • Competence and supervised practice

  • Policies and procedures

  • Facts and Figures

  • Setting up and running a clinic

  • Insurance/Indemnity

  • Research/evidence base and resources


who should attend?

  • HCAs

  • Nurses

  • Doctors

  • Pharmacists

  • Anyone interested in Vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anaemia and those working with clients with B12 deficiency

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