Level of instruction: Intermediate
Target audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, and MLS students.
Author information: Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB is the Laboratory Coordinator, Student Health Services at the University of Delaware. She also works as a microbiology and hematology technologist at Union Hospital in Maryland. Sheryl received her Masters in Education from Beaver College. She has written and contributed to numerous online and print articles in the field of laboratory medicine.
Reviewer information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
Content information: This course discusses the use of red cell indices and red cell distribution width to describe a population of red blood cells. The course provides information regarding interpretation of red cell histograms that are part of the automated cell count and correlations between indices, RDWs, and peripheral blood smear observations.