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Grand Rounds: Understanding Hemoglobinopathies on the Ohio Newborn Screen


By Prasad Bodas, MD , Sports Medicine Education Director, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Sickle Cell Program

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Recognize the rationale for, and impact of newborn screening for hemoglobinopathies. 2. Identify Ohio NBS results that indicate hemoglobin disease, including sickle cell disease. 3. Determine Ohio NBS results that indicate hemoglobinopathy trait states. 4. Develop an example workflow for interpretation and response to abnormal hemoglobin results on the newborn screen.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Identified Gap:

The use of ultrasound-guided injections can help ease pain, reduce inflammation and at times, help patients avoid surgery.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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