Introduction Did you ever wonder what blood is made of? Well, it’s more than just red-colored liquid! In this blog series about blood, we’ll startView More
Introduction It’s 20 minutes before the end of your shift and you’re really looking forward to going home for the day. You look up from yourView More
Let’s Talk About Blood Products!
You may have seen appeals by blood suppliers saying your donation can help save up to three (3) lives. I was recently asked how and whyView More
Performing Dilutions for Laboratory Analysis
Introduction A particular laboratory calculation that confuses us when we’ve not done it for a while is dilution. Accurate dilutions are essential to accurate medical laboratoryView More
Sickle Cell Anemia
Introduction Sickle cell anemia is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States affecting an estimated 100,000 people. The disease can cause aView More
Understanding the BCR-ABL Translocation: The Philadelphia Chromosome
If you’ve taken a Hematology class, the term “BCR-ABL” is probably followed up quickly in your head by thoughts of the Philadelphia chromosome and ChronicView More
Excite Your Inner Science Nerd – Find RBC & WBC Inclusions!
Science Nerds: see if you can find these inclusions on your next peripheral smear evaluation!
Blue-Green Crystals – of Death?
What are they? As laboratory professionals, one laboratory test we perform is a peripheral blood smear evaluation. We place a drop of patient blood on aView More
Hemostasis – Part 3 – Therapeutic Treatment, Diagnostic/Therapeutic Coagulation Testing, and Disorders of Hemostasis
In Hemostasis – Part 2, we discussed fibrinolytic therapy and the use of fibrinolytic agents to treat emergency room patients and/or inpatients with acute, oftenView More