The complete blood count (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. Focused discussion about the basic CBC will entail what is included in the CBC; when and why a CBC should be performed; and information about the red blood cells (erythrogram), white blood cells (leukogram), and platelets (thrombogram) to assure complete understanding, which is essential to maximize the value of the CBC. We will also discuss the data and graphic presentations from the hematology analyzer and blood film microscopic evaluation.
Understand what should be included in the CBC; analyzer data, analyzer graphics, and blood film microscopic evaluation.
Understand the three groups of cell types included in the CBC.
Understand what is included in the erythrogram, leukogram, and thrombogram.
Understand when a CBC should be requested.
Understand why the CBC should be included with the preventive care program as well as the sick patient.
Understand how to integrate the data, graphics, and blood film microscopic evaluation with several common abnormalities in the erythrogram, leukogram, and thrombogram.