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Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

 Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (9875-08) Review the theory and logic behind this test and the various methods and modifications used to perform it. When reviewed against modern methods of laboratory testing this test fails to satisfy even the most basic rules of standardization, quality control and quality assurance. In this course the flaws in accepted laboratory methodology and laboratory practice are reviewed in context to its medical applications.

Code 9875-08
Level Basic

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PEP hours: 11

CPS credits: 0
Level: Basic
Course Type: Express
Start Date: Upon registration
Completion: Up to 52 weeks
Delivery: PDF via email
Prerequisites: None
Textbook: N/A
Equipment: Computer with Internet is required
Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the phases of red cell sedimentation
  • Describe the plasma and red cell factors that influence the ESR
  • Outline the modifications that have been introduced to the original method over the years
  • List the technical causes for error to the ESR
  • List the physiological effects that influence the result of the ESR
  • Tabulate some of the clinical conditions that are associated with a normal, slightly increased or markedly increased ESR
  • Define briefly the performance differences between the CRP and ESR tests
  • Summarize the list of the published Ontario and British Columbia provincial guidelines for performing this test
  • List the inherent flaws in the ESR test that make it a test with a low validity
  • List the occasions when the ESR test is most valid in clinical practice.
Author/Instructor: John Chapman, FCSMLS, FIMLS, CLSp(H)
Version Date: October 2008