Learning Objectives

After completing this exercise, you should be able to

1. describe the structure and function of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets;

2. identify red blood cells, five types of white blood cells, and platelets on a stained blood slide;

3. perform a differential white blood cell count.


b ecause of the possibility of blood infections being transmitted from one student to another if blood slides are prepared in the classroom, it is suggested that commercially prepared blood slides be used in this exercise. The instructor, however, may wish to demonstrate the procedure for preparing such a slide. Observe all safety procedures for this lab.

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Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

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