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Platelet Counting Core Course

Overview

The Platelet Core Course provides students with an overview of the analytical characteristics of platelet counting methods that are determinant factors for their clinical use. Platelet counts are particularly important for clinical decisions on administering platelet concentrates to patients with thrombocytopenia. When selecting automated analyzers for platelet counting, one should seek a multi-dimensional technology like an optical method over single-dimensional approaches as impedance technology. The diagnostic industry faces the challenge of developing analyzers in which the performance of platelet counting is in better agreement with clinical needs.

 

Objectives
  • The function, components and characteristics that make up platelets
  • What impacts the process and methods undertaken when counting platelets
  • The tools that are used to understand platelet activity more thoroughly…and much more
Course Duration

1 hour

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Section 1 | The Discovery Of Platelets. Platelets Function.

Review how platelets are produced, their functions and how their differing levels can indicate a risk.
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Section 1 Quiz | The Discovery of Platelets. Platelets Function.

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Section 2 | Megakaryopoiesis and Thrombopoiesis

Review megakaryopoiesis and thrombopoiesis, their main functions and roles in the formation of platelets.
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Section 2 Quiz | Megakaryopoiesis and Thrombopoiesis

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Section 3 | Pre-analytical Factors of Platelet Counting

Review the specifics of anticoagulant use and variations that may take place in platelet volume during analysis.
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Section 3 Quiz | Pre-Analytical Factors of Platelet Counting

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Section 4 | Platelet Counting Methods

Review the key principles of platelet counting methods that have developed over the years, conditions that are ideal to conduct certain methods and find out what helps lab professionals understand what technologies are most reliable for measuring platelets.
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Section 4 Quiz | Platelet Counting Methods

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Section 5 | Interferences in Platelet Counting

Review interferences and key factors that may result in less reliable platelet counts.
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Section 5 Quiz | Interferences in Platelet Counting

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Section 6 | Thrombocytopenia and Platelet Transfusion

Review the indicators that should be considered in administering platelet transfusions as well as a recent data on the risks associated with transfusions.
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Section 6 Quiz | Thrombocytopenia and Platelet Trasfusion

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Section 7 | Reticulated Platelets

Review the role of reticulated platelets in identifying causes of potential disorders as well as their counting methods and clinical utility and diagnostics.
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Section 7 Quiz | Reticulated Platelets

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Section 8 | Conclusions and Future Perspective

Review the latest hematology technologies and methodologies that are used for platelet analysis, along with the potential challenges and discoveries that lie ahead as advancements are made in platelet studies.
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