What does it mean to be low in iron?

Background

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia, and remains one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in general practice. The consequences of this condition can be subtle and the cause is often multifactorial.

Discussion

The administration of low dose parenteral iron polymaltose in the primary care setting is well tolerated and is potentially a cost effective alternative to specialist care and hospital admissions.

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia and remains one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in general practice.1 It is estimated that about 8% of the premenopausal adult female population has biochemical iron deficiency, with less than one-quarter being anaemic.1 The consequences of this condition can be subtle and the cause is often multifactorial.

How does an infusion work?

Once you have booked in, you will required to allow an hour for your treatment.

Our friendly nurse will take you into our treatment room, and prepare you for the infusion. Once you are ready to receive the infusion, the doctor will discuss the procedure and the nurse will assist in the administration of the IV iron infusion. Once you have recieved the infusion, you are generally able to go straight home and rest. It is recommended that you return to the clinic at a date requested by your doctor, to assess how the infusion has changed your iron levels.

You will be required to make a deposit of $100 at the time of booking to secure your appointment. When you receive your infusion, there will be an outstanding GAP payment of $114.95. The rest will be rebated by medicare over night.

Credit RACGP 2018

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