Week 6 Discussion 1: Question-Based Discussion

Value: 100 points

Due: In an effort to facilitate scholarly discourse, create your initial post by Day 3, and reply to at least two of your classmates, on two separate days, by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Initial Post

It is understood that thoughtful responses to your topic question(s) will take some time and thought. Please organize your thoughts before creating your initial post. To assist you in your work for this discussion, please use the worksheet linked in each of the team threads to organize your thoughts. Then simply copy and paste the text from the document into your initial post.

Based on your assigned team, create an initial post by answering ALL questions for your assigned case (Team A, B, or C), making sure to address all components of all questions.

By Day 3, post your initial response to your assigned case study as a new discussion thread. Please be sure to number the questions addressed and include all components of each question in your response. Each initial response must have a reference, including at least two scholarly references other than your textbook or course materials. Your post should be limited to 500 to 750 words and comprehensively address the questions posed.

Team A

Week 6 Discussion Team A Worksheet (Word)

  1. Describe the three stages of hemostasis.
  2. Explain the difference between the terms microcytic and megaloblastic. Identify one condition where each may occur.
  3. Compare the general effects of the general states of anemia and polycythemia in terms of hemoglobin level, hematocrit, general appearance, and possible complications. There can be different causes for these conditions. Compare their general presentation, regardless of cause.
  4. In patients with leukemia, the mouth and mucosa of the digestive tract are usually inflamed and ulcerated because of anemia, the effects of chemotherapy, and the presence of infections, such as candidiasis. Explain how this situation would affect food and fluid intake, and list some possible subsequent effects on the patient with leukemia.

Team B

Week 6 Discussion Team B Worksheet (Word)

  1. State three major functions of plasma proteins, and list the component responsible for each.
  2. Explain the difference between petechiae and ecchymoses. Identify one condition where each may occur.
  3. Explain how a deep vein thrombosis in a large vein in the leg can result in a life-threatening condition such as a stroke or myocardial infarction.
  4. Katie has been diagnosed with leukemia, and she is wondering if it is safe to go to the dentist. Her WBC and platelet counts are still low from chemotherapy. What are the risks associated with invasive procedures while her counts are decreased? How would you explain these to Katie? Include discussion of why bleeding and multiple opportunistic infections are common in patients with leukemia.

Team C

Week 6 Discussion Team C Worksheet (Word)

  1. Predict those organs that would be expected to have a large capillary network. What criteria did you use in making this prediction?
  2. Explain the difference between leukocytosis and erythrocytosis. Identify one condition where each may occur.
  3. Explain how DIC develops, and identify three signs of its development.
  4. You are taking care of John, a 55-year-old male who has recently been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. He asks you what this means and if he is going to die. How will you explain the pathophysiology of this condition to John? What can you share with him about prognosis?


Select posts from two peers that addressed a case from a different team than you. For example, students from Team A reply to one post from Team B and one post from Team C. Each reply must use at least one scholarly reference other than your textbook.

Thinking about your certification track and anticipated practice area:

  • Describe a patient that you might encounter where you could apply the information learned in your peer’s post.
  • What “signs” and “symptoms” would you expect this patient to exhibit? Identify at least four, describe the finding, and classify each as subjective or objective data.

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded. The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. Students are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.

Posting to the Discussion Forum

  1. Select the appropriate Thread.
  2. Select Reply.
  3. Create your post.
  4. Select Post to Forum.