Diagnostic Microbiology: Principles of Malaria Blood Smears
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Diagnostic Microbiology: Principles of Malaria Blood Smears

Learn the concept behind performing blood smears for the identification of malaria parasites.
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Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Principle behind performing thick and thin blood smears for malaria parasites
  • Specimen collection, guidelines on preparation, and sample considerations
  • Procedure of performing thick and thin blood films for malaria parasites
  • Staining methods used for visualization and diagnosis of malaria
  • Proper interpretation and reporting of results
Requirements
  • Knowledge in Microbiology
  • Knowledge in Parasitology
Description

This short course is designed to demystify the basic principle and procedure behind preparing thick and thin blood smears for the diagnosis of some common malaria parasites. We'll be discussing the important guidelines in sample collection as well as specimen considerations. We'll also breakdown the methods step-by-step and walk through how to interpret and report your results. These lectures are a good refresher or supplement to students of laboratory science, microbiology, or even established health professionals. This course is also open to anyone who is interested in learning how malaria specimens are processed and interpreted. What's more, you will earn a certificate of completion which can be used to augment your resume or curriculum vitae. Hope to see you inside!

Who this course is for:
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientists
  • Students of Laboratory Science
  • Students of Microbiology
  • Students of Parasitology
  • Public Health Professionals
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 33:15
+ Introduction to Blood Smears
3 lectures 08:27

Without peeking at your notes or researching online, I would like to know what your baseline understanding is of the topic before we start the lecture proper. Don't worry if you don't get the questions correct, you are able to review them once again in the Summative Quiz at the end of this course. Are you ready to begin?

Diagnostic Quiz
5 questions
Specimen Collection
04:41
Specimen Considerations
02:26
+ Methods and Procedure
4 lectures 09:49
Smear Preparation
03:05
Rapid Staining Method
01:44
Slow Staining Method
02:00
+ Reading Results
4 lectures 06:57
Interpretation: Plasmodium falciparum
02:02
Interpretation: Plasmodium vivax
02:15
Interpretation: Plasmodium malariae
01:15
Interpretation: Plasmodium ovale
01:25
+ Releasing Results
3 lectures 08:02
Reporting Results
03:55
Estimating Results
01:58
Takeaway
02:09

Now that we've studied about the principle, procedure, and ways of interpreting results for blood smears of malaria, let's have a short comprehensive quiz on all the topics so far! This is to see how well you understood and retained all that information. Best of luck!

Summative Quiz
10 questions