Chapter 4. Detecting Erroneous Blood Counts

  1. Barbara J. Bain MBBS, FRACP, FRCPath

Published Online: 4 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470987551.ch4

Blood Cells: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition

Blood Cells: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Bain, B. J. (ed) (2006) Detecting Erroneous Blood Counts, in Blood Cells: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition, Barbara J. Bain, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470987551.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Professor of Diagnostic Haematology, St Mary's Hospital Campus of Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine, London and Honorary Consultant Haematologist, St Mary's Hospital, London

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 9 JUN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405142656

Online ISBN: 9780470987551



  • blood counts;
  • detection of errors;
  • transcription error;
  • haemoglobin concentration;
  • platelet count


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The sources of errors in blood counts

  • The detection of errors in automated blood counts

  • Errors in automated WBC

  • Errors in haemoglobin concentration and red cell indices

  • Errors in platelet counts

  • Errors in automated differential counts

  • Errors in automated reticulocyte counts and other reticulocyte measurements

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