Chapter 1

Analyzing blood samples

Count on this chapter to master blood analysis. Learn the differential diagnoses based on data from complete blood count studies and the diagnostic utility of bone marrow studies.
3 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 2

Classifying and diagnosing anemia

Get to the core of anemia in this chapter. You’ll master the morphological classification of anemias and learn to order the appropriate test.
  • Categorizing anemias
  • Diagnosing microcytic hypochromic anemias
  • Recognizing normocytic normochromic anemias
  • Identifying macrocytic anemias
  • Diagnosing anemias due to bone marrow failure
  • Recognizing hemolytic anemias
  • Screening for membrane defects
  • Testing for enzyme defects
  • Identifying extracorpuscular defects
  • Assessing for hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias
  • Classifying and diagnosing anemia quiz
11 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 3

Deciphering abnormalities on a pathology report

Pathologists frequently mention various poikilocytes and red cell inclusions when reporting on peripheral smears. What do they mean and how do you deal with them? Find out here.
  • Recognizing the significance of poikilocytes
  • Understanding the significance of RBC inclusions
  • Deciphering abnormalities on a pathology report quiz
3 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 4

Diagnosing benign white blood cell (WBC) and platelet disorders

In this chapter, we’ll teach you the common differential diagnoses and how to order appropriate additional tests.
  • Identifying leukocytosis and leukopenias
  • Diagnosing thrombocytopenias
  • Interpreting tests for thrombocytosis
  • Recognizing thrombocytopathias
  • Diagnosing benign white blood cell (WBC) and platelet disorders quiz
5 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 5

Differentiating common hematologic malignancies

Know when something isn’t right. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to order the appropriate tests to screen for, and diagnose, common hematologic malignancies.
  • Diagnosing acute leukemias
  • Confirming chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Identifying chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Detecting myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Recognizing monoclonal gammopathies
  • Diagnosing myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs)
  • Differentiating common hematologic malignancies quiz
7 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 6

Coagulation and assessment of hemostasis

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to order and interpret tests to assess hemostasis and platelet function, interpret a thromboelastograph, and explain the coagulation pathway.
  • Reviewing normal hemostasis
  • Assessing platelets
  • Mastering the coagulation pathway
  • Interpretation of a thromboelastograph (TEG)
  • Coagulation and assessment of hemostasis quiz
5 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 7

Pinpointing the cause of prolonged clotting

Learn how to use mixing studies to pinpoint the cause of prolonged PT / PTT and investigate bleeding in patients with normal PT / PTT.
  • Interpreting the prothrombin time (PT) test
  • Interpreting the partial thromboplastin time (PTT) test
  • Making sense of a mixing study
  • Diagnosing inhibitors of coagulation
  • Managing a bleeding patient with normal PT and PTT
  • Pinpointing the cause of prolonged clotting quiz
6 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 8

Managing coagulation disorders

The plot thickens as we cover special coagulation disorders. In this chapter, you’ll learn to assess for heparin induced thrombocytopenia, hemophilia, and von Willebrand disease.
  • Assessing for heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  • Diagnosing hemophilia
  • Understanding von Willebrand disease (VWD)
  • Interpreting tests for von Willebrand disease (VWD)
  • Managing coagulation disorders quiz
5 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 9

Managing thrombophilia

Learn to order appropriate tests to search for the cause of thrombophilia. You will also learn how to monitor the clinical effects of common antiplatelets and anticoagulants.
  • Ordering tests for thrombophilia
  • Monitoring the clinical effect of antiplatelet medications
  • Monitoring the clinical effects of anticoagulants
  • Managing thrombophilia quiz
4 Lessons, 1 Quiz
Chapter 10

Managing bleeding in coagulopathic patients

Got a coagulopathic patient with an episode of bleeding? In this chapter, you’ll learn to order the right tests, blood components, and medication to manage them effectively.
  • Ordering tests for bleeding coagulopathic patients
  • Choosing the right blood components
  • Selecting appropriate pharmaceuticals
  • Managing bleeding in coagulopathic patients quiz
  • Hematology and Coagulation Essentials outro
5 Lessons, 1 Quiz