Hematology Case Studies – Leveraging Currently Available Technology to Manage Abnormal and Challenging samples

3/18/2009
12:00 PM to 1:00PM (Americas) Central Time (US & Canada)

Jerelyn Walters SH(ASCP), Technical Supervisor – Esoteric Testing, ACL Laboratories, West Allis, WI

Routine CBC analysis has been automated for years and has significantly decreased the number of manual procedures. The utilization of fluorescent flow cytometry takes CBC analysis to the next level. This presentation is a patient case study driven discussion of how new technology can lessen the burden of performing CBC analysis on abnormal and challenging samples. New approaches for the utilization of common hematology parameters and scattergrams will be explored, as well as solutions to the persistent problems of platelet interference, NRBC analysis, anemia interpretations, and manual manipulation.

Objectives:

  • Discuss operational and clinical benefits of utilizing the RDW parameters to enhance classification of microcytic anemias
  • Learn new approaches for the utilization of common hematology parameters through fluorescent scattergrams and platelet histograms to identify immature and abnormal cell patterns
  • Identify new ways to solve persistent hematology problems, such as platelet interface, NRBC analysis, anemia interpretations, and manual manipulation
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