Developed by leading clinical, methodological, and patient experts through a thorough evidence review process, ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines have been a hot topic overall throughout 2019. These guidelines cover an array of blood-related diseases and disorders, including venous thromboembolism (VTE), sickle cell disease (SCD), immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), acute myeloid leukemia (AML; still in development), and von Willebrand disease (vWD; still in development). The state-of-the-art methodology behind each guideline is what ensures that they meet the highest standards for trustworthiness and transparency. At the 61st ASH Annual Meeting in Orlando, a series of Special Education Sessions will highlight four of these ASH guidelines — VTE, SCD, ITP, and AML. Mark your calendar to attend these sessions to hear the most notable recommendations from this groundbreaking ASH initiative.

On Sunday at 12:00 noon (Tangerine 2 [WF2], Level 2, Orange County Convention Center – map it), a Special Education Session on ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Sickle Cell Disease, chaired by Robert Liem, MD, will provide updates on noteworthy recommendations for addressing acute and chronic complications of SCD. Dr. Liem previewed the session explaining that it will review the timeline for the publication of guideline manuscripts and highlight key recommendations of interest to the audience across five panels: cardiopulmonary/renal disease, central nervous system disease, pain, transplant, and transfusion medicine. Additionally, the session will review and introduce tools in development for dissemination and implementation of the recommendations. “It will be a great opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about the guidelines and to ask questions about key draft recommendations,” added Dr. Liem.

A Special Education Session on ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Immune Thrombocytopenia will take place on Sunday, at 4:30 p.m., in the same location. Chaired by Cindy Neunert, MD, this session will cover notable recommendations on the management of both children and adults with ITP.

On Monday at 7:00 a.m. (Tangerine 2 [WF2], Level 2, Orange County Convention Center – map it), attend the Special Education Session on ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Older Adults, chaired by Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, MS. While these are still in development, speakers will preview particularly notable recommendations for the management of AML in older adults, offering an early glimpse at these guidelines prior to upcoming publication.

On Monday afternoon at 2:45 p.m., Adam Cuker, MD, MS, will chair the Special Education Session on ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism in Hall E1, Level 2, of the Orange County Convention Center (map it). He offered a preview of the session, stating, “Using case-based presentations, speakers from the panels on heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, pediatric VTE, optimal management of coagulation, and prevention of VTE in surgical patients will highlight several key recommendations, describe their evidentiary basis, and comment on their application to clinical practice.”

Earlier on Monday, at 7:00 a.m., in the Regency Ballroom T-U of the Hyatt Regency Orlando (map it), the Consultative Hematology Course will feature two guideline-related talks as part of the case-based presentations and discussions that form the program. Leslie Skeith, MD, will speak on “ASH VTE Guidelines: Updates on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Optimal Management in Adults, Pediatrics, and Pregnancy,” and Jenny M. Despotovic, DO, MS, will discuss “ASH ITP Guidelines: Changes in the Role of Thrombopoietin Agonist, Treatment Scheme and Major Changes in the Guidelines.”

The ASH website features a wealth of information and resources relating to these guidelines. The ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines App (available for iOS and Android devices) provides easy access to every recommendation from all guidelines published by ASH, including rationale, associated benefits and harms, and more. The ASH Pocket Guides App includes all ASH’s pocket guides as well as tools and calculators to aid in clinical decision making. 

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