PATH5161 Laboratory Haematology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
The aim of this unit is to provide relevant knowledge and skills to acquire and interpret haematology laboratory data to reach a diagnosis and perform pre-transfusion testing at a level expected in professional practice. On completion of the unit students are expected to understand and apply the principles of haemopoiesis, haemopoietic disorders and laboratory testing in haematology and transfusion medicine. They are expected to be able to interpret laboratory data and make diagnoses.

The aim is achieved by increasing the knowledge and understanding of; normal blood and bone marrow (structure, function, cells); haematological diseases (pathogenesis and manifestations); diagnostic techniques (cell enumeration, morphology, haemostasis); and principles and practice of blood transfusion and pre-transfusion testing.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain blood cell production and interpret blood test results; (2) describe reactive, inherited and malignant haematological diseases; (3) collect blood, make and stain blood films and interpret normal and abnormal blood film morphology; (4) perform tests of haemostasis, interpret results and make diagnoses of haemostatic defects; (5) perform an integrated diagnostic assessment of neoplastic haematological disorders, and understand the role of morphology, immunophenotyping and genetic analyses in establishing an integrated diagnosis; (6) understand how blood is collected, tested and prepared into components for transfusion, thereby understanding the Australian regulatory framework; and (7) perform pre-transfusion ABO and Rh(D) grouping and select crossmatch compatible blood for a transfusion.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reports; (2) written examinations; and (3) practical examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the practical examinations component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 50% overall and obtained a mark of less than 50% in one specified component (failed component) of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Matthew Linden
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Clinical Pathology 92510 or other relevant postgraduate degree as determined by the Faculty.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 3 hours per week
Note
This unit includes collecting and working with blood from patients and healthy volunteers. While the activities involved have undergone risk assessment and relevant institutional biosafety approvals, some activities are considered to be exposure-prone procedures (EPPs). As such, it is important that students meet the expectations for Health Care Workers in Western Australia. Under these guidelines HCWs and students are responsible for ensuring—(1) they know their own blood borne virus status; (2) their vaccination status against vaccine preventable diseases is current and they can provide evidence of HBV vaccination or documented evidence of non-responder status; (3) any refusal to undertake recommended vaccinations and/or serology is to be documented; and (4) they adopt infection prevention practices to minimise the risk of occupational exposure (e.g. use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safe handling and disposal of sharps).
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This unit includes collecting and working with blood from patients and healthy volunteers. While the activities involved have undergone risk assessment and relevant institutional biosafety approvals, some activities are considered to be exposure-prone procedures (EPPs).  As such, it is important that students meet the expectations for Health Care Workers in Western Australia. Under these guidelines HCWs and students are responsible for ensuring. 1) they know their own blood borne virus status, 2) their vaccination status against vaccine preventable diseases is current and they can provide evidence of HBV vaccination or documented evidence of non-responder status, 3) any refusal to undertake recommended vaccinations and / or serology is to be documented, and 4) they adopt infection prevention practices to minimise the risk of occupational exposure e.g. use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safe handling and disposal of sharps.

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