Haematology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases related to blood. The study focuses on the haematopoiesis, disorders of red blood cells and white blood cells as well as platelets (presentation and managent).
Disorders of blood; especially anemias are common in Uganda and other sub-Saharan countries. Similarly many infections affect blood; meaning that many investigations involve use of blood and blood products. Therefore a course on hematology is fundamental in producing a clinically competent clinical officer.
This course introduces the theory of the haematopoietic system and blood transfusion to medical students and allows them to take part in practical demonstrations so that they will be able to later understand the disorders involving the haematopoietic system and blood transfusion.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of this section, the student should be able to:
a) Describe anatomy and functional organization of the haematopoietic and lymphoreticular tissues.
b) Describe blood groups, blood group serology and the blood transfusion service.
c) Describe the red cell abnormalities, their laboratory evaluation and principles of management.
d) Explain normal and abnormal homeostasis and the principles of laboratory evaluation of haemostatic defects.
e) Apply principles of blood transfusion and use of blood products.
f) Describe and classify the benign leucocytes abnormalities.
g) Describe ceroplastic hematological disorders and outline their management