Haematology case study 2 – neonatal blood

Image: Identification of neonatal blood smear by IEF.
Creative Commons BY SA.


Keith Chambers,   Leicester Royal Infirmary


Undergraduate or postgraduate science / medical students

OER Features a bundle of 6 resources:

Documents to download:









OER Description:

These haematology open educational resources are produced by the Leicester Royal Infirmary and consist of case studies of diagnostic techniques for characterising adult human blood. The OERs include case study documents (Word.doc and .pdf); images of the isoelectric focusing (IEF) technique, which is a means of separating molecules, and images of HPLC results.

You could use the case study materials for discussion points with medical and biomedical science university students, or unpack the results and make your own resources. All the assets are licences using Creative Commons BY SA – so you are free to adapt the resources to suit your need. If you are a student, you can use these resources in your own learning, revision and work.

This case study looks at neonatal blood, that is, of the newborn infant. The blood preparation is fascinating, and compared to the adult you will see that the red blood cells are all different shapes and sizes. The body hasn’t got the production of cells down to a fine art just yet and they are produced at all different rates. The haemoglobin content dramatically varies from in utero, to birth and through to adult hood, with the prevalence of a foetal form – HbF. You will note this on some of the traces in the case study.

This is one of FOUR case studies. Here is a ZIPPED package of the entire collection (32MB).

http://www.sicklecellanaemia.org/teaching-resources/resources/scooter96/SCOOTER 96 Sickle Cell Case Studies DOCS and IMAGES Jan2014.zip


OER in Case Study Series:

Case study 1 – adult blood
Case study 2 – neonate
Case study 3 – sickle cell trait
Case study 4 – sickle cell disease

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