Fast track automated blood analyser

CONTENT AUTHORS:

Leicester Royal Infirmary Staff

LEVEL:

College, University, Specialist Biomedical


OER FEATURES: (video part of a bundle of 10 resources)

Introductory video (video 1, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL-vXK032Hw)

Introduction to hospital pathology services (video 2, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJQtkNO6gK8)

Dealing with urgent samples (video 3, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_25AzMfcLjA)

Overview of the ‘fast track’ system (video 4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vghYkyQzQD0)

Agglutination test for glandular fever (video 5, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mml2nu5Ci-s)

Blood coagulation tests (video 6, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCRBIxZfu3w)

How to prepare a blood smear (video 7, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnipeA9mw7I)

Haematology analysis (cell counting) station ( video 8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czKSrHU2OX0)

Immunology station (video 9, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enSqyox3P3s)

Biochemistry station (video 10, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJGxrb0IZi4)

OER DESCRIPTION:

I had a phenomenal couple of days out in the blood sciences laboratory in the Leicester Royal Infirmary. These resources featured their team of biomedical scientists and overall have produced an entirely unique, and high quality set of open educational resources. The aim for these was to provide training materials for their laboratory scientists, but also to share their analytical approaches with university students so they get to see the ‘fast track’ system, and learn about high throughput screening of patient samples.

The ‘fast track’ can be best described as a vast model railway, with samples flying around the track on ‘pucks’ or small carriages! Depending on the tests required, the barcode on the sample is read and directs the blood into a variety of stations – from blood agglutination, immunology, cell counts and finally around to biochemistry.

These are amazing resources and I am hugely indebted to the staff at the hospital, and also to the head staff within the Pathology Services department who gave us permission to film and release these materials under Creative Commons licenses.

More blood science materials can be found on our Virtual Analytical Laboratory website:

http://www.val.biologycourses.co.uk/Haematology/Haematology1.html

How to make a blood smear

CONTENT AUTHORS:

Leicester Royal Infirmary Staff

LEVEL:

College, University, Specialist Biomedical


OER FEATURES: (video part of a bundle of 10 resources)



OER DESCRIPTION:

One of the biomedical science staff at the Leicester Royal Infirmary shows how to make a blood smear. Such techniques are vital for the diagnosis of blood diseases and slides will be prepared and stained for viewing under a microscope.

More blood science materials can be found on our Virtual Analytical Laboratory website:

http://www.val.biologycourses.co.uk/Haematology/Haematology1.html

Medical Science Degree and Biomedical Science

The HALS project team are working to establish open education practices within their undergraduate degrees including the Medical Science Degree.

There are a number of university science degrees in the UK that focus on diagnostic and clinical aspects of understanding the human body in health and disease. The names of such degrees can often be confusing.

Biomedical Science is a professionally accredited degree by the Institute of Biomedical Science and contains set disciplines including haematology and microbiology to reflect the job requirements of hospital scientists.

Biomedical Sciences on the other hand might not be professionally accredited and will reflect the subject more generally in line with the research interests of the staff at a particular institution.

Making things even more confusing is the fact that at some universities, a degree similar to the above one might be called Clinical Sciences.

Medical Sciences however is different and is offered at only a small number of universities including Glamorgan and Edinburgh. Rather than focusing on laboratory aspects of diagnosing and investigating the human body, the degree also incorporates more medical subjects for example physiological measurement and patient interaction. This degree attracts students who may want to go into Medicine or medical research.

At De Montfort, because our emphasis is slightly away from having to provide laboratory training, students are offered a more independent experience being able to choose their own topics for study and assignments. We can offer much more in the way of research training which is much sought after by employers in the UK.

Medical Science Degree

Photograph: Normal Blood Cells, CC BY SA, SCOOTER Project. (Medical Science Degree)
 

The HALS team are working with external partners – including Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust – to produce exciting and high quality Medical Science degree learning resources in the areas of gastroenterology and nutrition for example. On January 3rd 2012 Viv attended a meeting at the Gastroenterology Department and the gastro staff came up with several areas for collaboration.

One exciting area is the production of nutritional resources to support medical science degree teaching around the UK. Nutrition is often an under-represented subject area and at De Montfort we run a final year module on gastroenterology and nutrition. We are excited about sharing some of our teaching and assessment materials with the wider community.