26 March 2015 (Thursday) - Thick Films

Whilst I’m confident that I can spot blood bourne parasites if they are there; I’ve always been somewhat iffy about my abilities on thick films. Mind you I think it’s fair to say I’m not alone in this.
Today I had a little one-to-one session on a NEQAS thick film.
Speaking with someone a little more experienced than I am has left me a little more confident in examining thick films.

The key feature is the malarial dots. Don’t try to see the same sort of thing you see in a thin film; look for definite distinct dots. If these are parasites, then attached to them will be the wispy remains of the parasites. Having now seen them I know what to be looking for…

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