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Apheresis is a vital but little-known procedure that can be undertaken by nurses who have the necessary skills to understand the process and how to perform it successfully
Nursing Times; 112: online issue 2, 4-6.
Therapeutic apheresis is a relatively unfamiliar area of nursing practice. It involves the separation and removal of blood components and constituents for direct or indirect treatment of conditions spanning a wide range of clinical specialties; it requires a particular set of technical skills and specialised knowledge. This article summarises the procedure, when it is used, and the specialist skills needed to perform it and deal with any side-effects.