Share your ideas about the following brainstorm question based on your opinion or your own experiences.
- Your father is working in his shop and cuts his wrist with the slip of a sharp chisel blade. The blood appears bright red. What feature might you check for to decide whether he has lacerated a vein or an artery?
- You have an acutely ill patient admitted to the Emergency Department. The Complete Blood Count (CBC) shows an abnormally high White Blood Cell (WBC) count. Looking closely at the differential, you notice that the predominant white cells are lymphocytes. Without other obvious health issues to account for this, what might be your first impression of what’s going on?
- What if the differential showed mostly neutrophils with an increase in the number of band forms?
- What would the bands tell you?