7 January 2019 (Monday) - Segmented or Band?

An interesting post Medical Laboratory Science group over on Facebook: “So I got written up recently for over calling bands because the NICU uses the IT ratio to determine if the babies need continued antibiotic treatment. Apparently the top one here would actually be considered a seg, according to my hospital. I don't recall learning this in school. Do you guys?

Band” neutrophils as opposed to “segmented” neutrophils… ? Both are American terms, aren’t they? The subsequent discussion was interesting. Over here in the UK we’d never mess about trying to differentiate between segmented and band forms. We’d just report “left shift” and leave it at that.
Wouldn’t we…?

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