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Blood smear preparation

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Abstract

Blood smears are used in assessment of white blood cell differential count, leucocyte abnormalities, red blood cell morphology, platelet count and platelet abnormalities.

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Figure 1 Blood smear preparation - place a small amount of blood on the midline of a microscope slide, towards on end. Reproduced from , courtesy of Séverine Tasker
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Figure 2 Blood smear preparation - hold the ‘spreader’ between thumb and middle finger, placing the index finger on top of the ‘spreader’. Reproduced from , courtesy of Séverine Tasker
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Figure 3 Blood smear preparation - place the ‘spreader’ in front of the blood spot and draw it backwards until it comes into contact with the blood. Reproduced from , courtesy of Séverine Tasker
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Figure 4 Blood smear preparation - keeping the ‘spreader’ slide at the same angle, move it rapidly yet smoothly away to create a blood smear. Reproduced from , courtesy of Séverine Tasker

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