The CBC is one of the most sensitive means of determining deviation from health in the patient as well as characterizing severity of abnormalities in the clinically obvious sick patient. This webinar will be a focused discussion about the basic complete blood count (CBC) including what is included in the CBC as well as when and why a CBC should be performed. The CBC provides information about the red blood cells (erythrogram), white blood cells (leukogram) and platelets (thrombogram). The individual components of each cell compartment will be detailed to assure complete understanding, which is essential to maximize the value of the CBC. The webinar will include discussion of the data from the hematology analyzer, graphic presentations from the hematology analyzers and the blood film microscopic evaluation; clinical case material will be used to demonstrate how to integrate the information from each.
· To understand what should be included in the complete blood count (CBC); analyzer data, analyzer graphics and blood film microscopic evaluation
· To understand what the three groups of cell types are included in the CBC; the erythrogram, leukogram and thrombogram
· To understand what is included in the erythrogram, leukogram and thrombogram
· To understand when a complete blood count should be requested
· To understand why the complete blood count should be included with the preventive care program as well as the sick patient
· To understand how to integrate the data, graphics and blood film microscopic with several common abnormalities in the erythrogram, leukogram and thrombogram