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Blood Smear: Preparation

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Learn about the equipment and steps involved in preparing a blood smear, and the decisions that need to be made during the process. Practise preparing a blood smear and identify the reasons for suboptimal smears.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarise yourself with the equipment involved in preparing a blood smear
  • Work through the steps and considerations involved in preparing a blood smear
  • Identify some common errors, as seen down a microscope
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • What equipment is required to prepare a blood smear 
  • Why a blood sample is mixed with EDTA when it is collected 
  • How to spread the blood on a slide to achieve an optimal smear 
  • How to dry the blood smear

Obtaining and Recording Data

  • How the quality of the blood smear is affected when the incorrect volume of blood or pressure is applied 
  • How to select an appropriate area of the smear to examine cell morphology and number

Working in a Safe Manner

  • Why gloves must be worn when preparing a blood smear

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