Studies by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that people with hemophilia who receive medical care through a designated hemophilia treatment center (HTC) have a significantly reduced risk of bleeding complications, better school and work attendance, and improved emotional health and well-being. Comprehensive care is designed to provide an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to patients of all ages and their families. By emphasizing early diagnosis and intervention to prevent disease complications, HTC's create a positive impact on the health and survival of people with bleeding disorders.
Physician/Hematologist— The physician will do a complete physical examination on you, with an emphasis on hemophilia related problems. They will evaluate your current treatment and make recommendations for the management of your bleeding disorder. You may also see a medical resident or fellow (a person with a medical degree who is in a supervised learning setting). Both your hemophilia doctor and the resident/fellow will visit with you to talk about the plan they have developed for your care.
Clinical Nurse - The nurse will talk to you about home treatment records, your bleeding history, and any other health problems you might be having. If you are ready for home infusions the nurse will make an appointment for training. The nurse will also provide you with any educational materials that you might need.
Research Nurse—The research nurse will speak with you about any research studies you or your child may be eligible for and will fill out all necessary consents and paperwork to enroll you or your child.
Physical Therapy- The physical therapist will do an evaluation of your musculoskeletal system. Your range of motion, muscle strength, and gait will be measured. The physical therapist will review any problems and make recommendations for specific exercise and/or rehabilitation programs.
Social Worker - The social worker will see you to discuss issues that might be affecting your ability to care for yourself or your child. The social worker will also talk to you about insurance, school issues, employment, and other psychosocial concerns.
Genetics Counselor—The genetics counselor will speak with you and answer any questions you may have about how bleeding disorders are inherited. She will draw a pedigree (family diagram) using your family history of bleeding disorders and other health problems.
—The pharmacist will speak with you about all current medications you or your child is taking. She will also discuss the medications currently available to treat your bleeding disorder. Click to learn more about the Pharmacy Services
Vanderbilt Hemostasis/Hemophilia Clinic
2200 Children’s Way, 6141 DOT
Nashville, TN 37232-9830
Toll free number: 1-866-372-5663 (1-866-DR BLOOD)