Get to grips with blood tests and haematology

It’s important that nurses and allied health professionals have a firm understanding around how blood tests and results are given. Patients can present with a massive range of common (and not so common) conditions where a diagnostic blood test is vital, so you may well find this particular CPD course useful.

Complete blood counts

A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test which can detect a broad range of disorders, including infections, anaemia and certain cancers. Any abnormalities that show up in a complete blood count will require more in-depth investigation.

It measures various components of the blood including:

  • Red and white blood cells
  • Haemoglobin level
  • Platelets
  • Haematocrit (proportion of red blood cells to plasma)

Why it’s done

Complete blood tests can be used to review a patient’s general health, or be part of a routine medical examination. They can also be requested by a doctor if a specific underlying condition is suspected. This could be because a patient is suffering from extreme or prolonged fatigue, weakness, inflammation, fever, bleeding or bruising for instance.

Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, complete blood counts may also be required periodically to monitor the patient’s condition. This is particularly the case with blood disorders such as leukaemia. Such tests may also be needed to monitor the effectiveness of any medication the patient is taking.

Understanding the basics

If you’re a healthcare professional located in a surgery, school, clinic or similar, then our course An introduction to basic haematology and biochemistry investigations is a great place to start. Offering a solid foundation in understanding the basics of blood tests and results, our highly rated one-day course is worth 8 hours of CPD. It’s held at Hamilton House in London on the 19th November 2019 and 2nd June 2020, and all course material, evaluations and refreshments will be provided. You will also receive a certificate of attendance.

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