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Vitamin K and Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in Infants Webinar

Vitamin K and Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in Infants Webinar

The Division of Blood Disorders (DBD) will offer “Webinar Series on Bleeding and Clotting Disorders.” This new webinar series provides evidence-based information on new research, interventions, and emerging issues of interest in blood disorders, as well as innovative approaches in collaborations and partnerships

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Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), an acquired impairment in the blood’s clotting ability, is a potentially devastating condition that can affect infants. Bleeding can range from mild to severe and intracranial bleeding accounts for 30% to 60% of cases diagnosed in infants older than 2 weeks of age. VKDB has been virtually eliminated in most developed countries because of the implementation of vitamin K injections at birth as a prevention measure and standard of care. Debates over the need for vitamin K injections for VKDB prevention and the safety of the intramuscular route have appeared in the medical literature, with medical and scientific consensus ultimately upholding the standard of

care. Recently, however, concerns about the safety and need for prophylaxis have started to make their way into popular dialogue, with concerning results: several cases of VKDB were diagnosed at a single hospital in Tennessee last year, and additional cases have been reported in other parts of the country. Clinicians should be prepared to discuss vitamin K prophylaxis with parents. In this webinar, Dr. Marcewicz will review how vitamin K works in infants, discuss the different classifications of VKDB, and explain the origins of objections that some parents have raised about administration of this important public health preventive measure.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

This webinar is free and open to all healthcare providers who are interested in learning about vitamin K deficiency bleeding.