Hematology

Information on this page is for hematology, coagulation and phlebotomy portions of the MLS curriculum.

These resources can be used to enrich student experiences while studying these disciplines.

To provide feedback please contact: Karen McRae, MS, MT(ASCP), CLS, Student Education Coordinator, ARUP Institute for Learning, ARUP Laboratories. (karen.mcrae@aruplab.com or (800) 242-2787 ext. 3615

Video Lectures

Diagnostic approach to Anemia

The understanding of anemias is very important as clinicians attempt to provide high quality medical care to their patients. The medical laboratory scientist must also understand anemias to provide the needed information to physicians. This lecture will address the basics of the classification of anemias and tools used in the medical laboratory to assess a patient’s blood health or presence of anemia.

This video is 74 minutes.

Hematology M+Ms: Morphology and Mystery (Case Studies)

Hematology instrumentation has advanced to now routinely include at least a five-part differential and, in some laboratories, automated cell image analysis. Yet, a manual examination of the blood smear is still an essential procedure that provides valuable diagnostic information. This session will use case studies to define important morphologic variations and physiologic processes in selected disease conditions.

This video is 45 minutes.

Phlebotomy Ps and Qs: Problems and Quandaries in Specimen Collection

Phlebotomists routinely encounter dangerous conditions, problem patients, and other issues during blood collection. This session will suggest techniques that can help you avoid or safely manage these difficulties. Areas to be discussed include:

  • risks associated with venous blood collection, such as improper vein selection and needlestick exposure
  • unusual patient situations that impact phlebotomy practice, including the cancer and bariatric patient
  • communication barriers and methods to improve patient interactions, like developing good listening skills and effective communication approaches with the elderly
Designed for phlebotomists and phlebotomy students who have comprehension of the basics of the venipuncture technique, this session will enhance your skills, build your knowledge base, and help you deliver the highest quality in patient care.

This video is 60 minutes.

Spotlight on Testing Technology: Digital Imaging

Our ARUP Institute for Learning Spotlight Series is designed to provide brief educational overviews highlighting test utilization issues, new tests, and testing technology. In this video, Mohamed E. Salama, MD discusses digital pathology slides at ARUP Laboratories.

This video is 4 minutes.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and acute leukemias of myeloid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic origin are clonal bone marrow disorders. They are characterized by clinical, morphologic, immunophenotypic and cytogenetic features. The most current and well-accepted classification of these disorders is from the World Health Organization (WHO) published in 2008. This presentation will review these disorders with an emphasis on the pathologic diagnosis of each, including the use of laboratory methods for classification, management and prognostic assessment.

This video is 49 minutes.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a neoplasm of small mature B-cells and the most common leukemia affecting adults in the Western countries. The clinical course of CLL is highly variable with some patients succumbing soon after diagnosis and others having very indolent disease that may not require treatment. Interestingly, the mutational status of the immunoglobulin heavy chain variable genes (VH) expressed by CLL cells was shown approximately 15 years ago to stratify patients into good and poor prognostic groups. It appears that direct antigen stimulation is involved in the development of CLL, which could help explain why VH mutational status is related to prognosis. The significance of VH mutational status will also be compared to other newer CLL prognostic markers in clinical use such as cytogenetic abnormalities and ZAP-70 expression. In addition, the treatment of patients with CLL will be discussed.

This video is 51 minutes.

How-To Videos

Diluting A Whole Blood Specimen for Cell Counts Using A Hemacytometer

This video provides a basic overview on how to dilute a whole blood speciment for cell counts using a hemacytometer.

This video is 4 minutes.

Loading a Hemacytometer for Manual Cell Count

This video provides a basic overview on how to load a hemacytometer for manual cell count.

This video is 4 minutes.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Note: This video shows graphic medical images from actual bone marrow biopsy procedures.
This video provides a basic overview to a bone marrow biopsy procedure.

This video is 6 minutes.

How to Make a Blood Smear

This video will instruct you how to create a basic manual blood smear.

This video is 3 minutes.

How to Perform a Wright Stain

This video will instruct you on how to create a manual Wright stain.

This video is 3 minutes.