This guide is designed to help you understand the testing, procedures and methodology that goes into platelet counting in the laboratory.
The Platelet Counting Guide highlights the analytical characteristics of platelet counting methods that are determinant factors for their clinical use. Platelet counts are particularly important for clinical decisions on administering platelet concentrates to patients with thrombocytopenia. When selecting automated analyzers for platelet counting, one should seek a multi-dimensional technology like an optical method over single-dimensional approaches as impedance technology. The diagnostic industry faces the challenge of developing analyzers in which the performance of platelet counting is in better agreement with clinical needs.