Introduction of clinical diagnostic equipment into laboratory sessions on undergraduate degree programmes within the CHHS
Maria Andrade Senior Lecturer
College of Human and Health Sciences
John Knight, Zubeyde Bayram-Weston
Aims: To enhance student experience and provide a deeper learning of anatomy, physiology and pathology by familiarising students with the use of clinical diagnostic equipment.
With the opening of the University Health and Wellbeing Academy the CHHS has invested in several pieces of cutting edge diagnostic equipment to enable the accurate measurement of a multitude of blood parameters. The biomedical science team within the college have introduced some of this equipment into undergraduate laboratory sessions to enhance and diversify the student learning experience by allowing students to gain experience in the use of point of care clinical instruments. Two devices in particular, the Reflotron plus and the Cobas B101, provide immediate results relating to blood cholesterol and lipid profiles and glycosylated haemoglobin. These parameters provide essential information about cardiovascular health and diabetic status and allow students to calculate the risk of cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Here we report on the subjective experiences of students on professional degree programmes including cardiology, respiratory physiology and audiology when using this state-of-the-art medical laboratory equipment and their perceptions of how it has improved their learning and understanding of complex aspects of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.
A standard poster, showing the use of clinical diagnostic equipment in undergraduate laboratories and the results of student questionnaires and impact on exam performance. The researchers will also highlight the importance of maintaining health blood lipid and glucose levels and the impact that abnormal readings may have on human health.
Diagnostic, parameters, blood, blended, laboratory
How incorporating simple to use diagnostic equipment into practical laboratory sessions increases student engagement and understanding of complex pathophysiological processes.