Top tips for using a hematology analyser in practice – The role of a blood smear exam

Speaker: Balazs Sladovitz

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Top tips for using a hematology analyser in practice – The role of a blood smear exam


Lecture aims to provide the ‘missing link’ to using automated haematology analysers in practice. Common machine errors that could lead to misinterpretation will be revealed, and top tips will be given on how to prepare a high quality blood smear that supplements the automated analysis.  A systematic, efficient approach to examining a blood smear will be described, which will be beneficial for even those who don’t use automated analysers.

5 learning objectives:

  • Recognize common errors generated by automated hematology analysers
  • Be able to prepare a high quality blood smear
  • Learn to orient on a blood smear efficiently
  • Understand the method of platelet concentration estimation from a blood smear
  • Recognize common changes in erythrocytes and leukocytes on a blood smear