Blood: Tests used to assess the physiological and immunological properties of blood

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

The properties of blood and the relative ease of access to which it can be retrieved make it an ideal source to gauge different aspects of homeostasis within an individual, form an accurate diagnosis, and formulate an appropriate treatment regime. Tests used to determine blood parameters such as the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, bleeding and clotting times, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, mean cell volume, and determination of blood groups are routinely used clinically, and deviations outside the normal range can indicate a range of conditions such as anemia, pregnancy, dehydration, overhydration, infectious disease, cancer, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions, to mention a few. As these tests can be performed relatively inexpensively and do not require high levels of technical expertise, they are ideally suited for use in the teaching laboratory, enabling undergraduate students to link theory to practice. The practicals described here permit students to examine their own blood and that of their peers and compare these with clinically accepted normal ranges. At the end of the practicals, students are required to answer a number of questions about their findings and to link abnormal values to possible pathological conditions by answering a series of questions based on their findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-175
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Physiology Education
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2016

Fingerprint

Erythrocyte Indices
Hematologic Tests
Students
Reference Values
Professional Competence
Bleeding Time
Blood Sedimentation
Thyroid Diseases
Blood Group Antigens
Dehydration
Hematocrit
Thyroid Neoplasms
Communicable Diseases
Anemia
Teaching
Hemoglobins
Homeostasis
Pregnancy
Therapeutics

Cite this

@article{72ac4347b8c64efc9e9b90fac7ec6426,
title = "Blood: Tests used to assess the physiological and immunological properties of blood",
abstract = "The properties of blood and the relative ease of access to which it can be retrieved make it an ideal source to gauge different aspects of homeostasis within an individual, form an accurate diagnosis, and formulate an appropriate treatment regime. Tests used to determine blood parameters such as the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, bleeding and clotting times, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, mean cell volume, and determination of blood groups are routinely used clinically, and deviations outside the normal range can indicate a range of conditions such as anemia, pregnancy, dehydration, overhydration, infectious disease, cancer, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions, to mention a few. As these tests can be performed relatively inexpensively and do not require high levels of technical expertise, they are ideally suited for use in the teaching laboratory, enabling undergraduate students to link theory to practice. The practicals described here permit students to examine their own blood and that of their peers and compare these with clinically accepted normal ranges. At the end of the practicals, students are required to answer a number of questions about their findings and to link abnormal values to possible pathological conditions by answering a series of questions based on their findings.",
author = "Quinn, {J. G.} and Tansey, {E. A.} and Johnson, {C. D.} and Roe, {S. M.} and Montgomery, {L. E.A.}",
year = "2016",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1152/advan.00079.2015",
language = "English",
volume = "40",
pages = "165--175",
journal = "Advances in Physiology Education",
issn = "1043-4046",
publisher = "American Physiological Society",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Blood: Tests used to assess the physiological and immunological properties of blood

AU - Quinn, J. G.

AU - Tansey, E. A.

AU - Johnson, C. D.

AU - Roe, S. M.

AU - Montgomery, L. E.A.

PY - 2016/6/1

Y1 - 2016/6/1

N2 - The properties of blood and the relative ease of access to which it can be retrieved make it an ideal source to gauge different aspects of homeostasis within an individual, form an accurate diagnosis, and formulate an appropriate treatment regime. Tests used to determine blood parameters such as the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, bleeding and clotting times, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, mean cell volume, and determination of blood groups are routinely used clinically, and deviations outside the normal range can indicate a range of conditions such as anemia, pregnancy, dehydration, overhydration, infectious disease, cancer, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions, to mention a few. As these tests can be performed relatively inexpensively and do not require high levels of technical expertise, they are ideally suited for use in the teaching laboratory, enabling undergraduate students to link theory to practice. The practicals described here permit students to examine their own blood and that of their peers and compare these with clinically accepted normal ranges. At the end of the practicals, students are required to answer a number of questions about their findings and to link abnormal values to possible pathological conditions by answering a series of questions based on their findings.

AB - The properties of blood and the relative ease of access to which it can be retrieved make it an ideal source to gauge different aspects of homeostasis within an individual, form an accurate diagnosis, and formulate an appropriate treatment regime. Tests used to determine blood parameters such as the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, bleeding and clotting times, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, mean cell volume, and determination of blood groups are routinely used clinically, and deviations outside the normal range can indicate a range of conditions such as anemia, pregnancy, dehydration, overhydration, infectious disease, cancer, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions, to mention a few. As these tests can be performed relatively inexpensively and do not require high levels of technical expertise, they are ideally suited for use in the teaching laboratory, enabling undergraduate students to link theory to practice. The practicals described here permit students to examine their own blood and that of their peers and compare these with clinically accepted normal ranges. At the end of the practicals, students are required to answer a number of questions about their findings and to link abnormal values to possible pathological conditions by answering a series of questions based on their findings.

U2 - 10.1152/advan.00079.2015

DO - 10.1152/advan.00079.2015

M3 - Article

VL - 40

SP - 165

EP - 175

JO - Advances in Physiology Education

JF - Advances in Physiology Education

SN - 1043-4046

IS - 2

ER -