Hematology is the treatment and study of blood. This includes the red blood cells that carry and deliver oxygen, the platelets that participate in clotting and injury repair, and white blood cells that fight infection. Hematology is also the study of coagulation, which is the clotting of blood so that a person does not excessively bleed when cut or injured.
The General Hematology Program at Cohen Children’s receives consultations on complex hematology patients from pediatricians in the community as well as different pediatric subspecialties in the hospital. The program's experienced experts see over 1,200 new patients every year, with a multidisciplinary team made up of pediatric hematologists, general hematology nurse practitioners and social workers.
New consults are usually seen in the Diagnostic Hematology Clinic on Monday, Thursday or Friday afternoons. Follow-up visits for children with chronic hematological problems are provided Monday through Friday. Emergency referrals can usually be seen on the same day if indicated.
Some of the diagnoses that we evaluate and treat are:
- Anemia due to nutritional deficiencies
- Hemolytic anemias
- Coagulation problems
- Blood clots
- Improving the health and well-being of our patients with personalized, coordinated, multidisciplinary care
- Educating patients, families, and healthcare professionals about blood disorders
- Providing referrals to specialists as needed
- Offering psychosocial counseling as needed