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From protocols to demo videos: the WFH Laboratory Manual on the eLearning Platform

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is pleased to showcase the Diagnosis of Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders: A Laboratory Manual, the definitive how-to guide for the accurate diagnosis of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The manual has been written and reviewed by the world’s leading experts in coagulation testing. It is now easier to access and consult than ever, as it can be found under the “Featured Tools” drop-down menu on the WFH eLearning Platform.

Navigating to the Laboratory Manual page brings users to the second edition of Diagnosis of Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders: A Laboratory Manual, published in 2010. The full text is available for download in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

Users wishing to access a particular section will find a list of all 42 sections of the Diagnosis of Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders: A Laboratory Manual in the “Content” sub-section on the webpage (scroll down until the list below is seen). Clicking one of these 42 sections will open a link to a PDF of that section. Individual sections are currently available in English, with French and Spanish coming soon.

Complementing the detailed protocols provided in the manual, the Laboratory Manual page of the WFH eLearning Platform also offers video demonstrations of the three most important manual bleeding disorders diagnostic techniques, in English. Sukesh Nair (outgoing chair of the WFH Laboratory Sciences Committee) and Steve Kitchen (current chair of the Committee) carefully crafted the videos to provide step-by-step demonstrations of the manual execution of activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), one-stage assay of factor VIII (FVIII), and FVIII inhibitor assay.

Each video provides a master class on an important technique, including the theory behind the assay, details of important reagents, and how to plot and interpret a series of typical diagnostic cases. Laboratory professionals operating with significant resource constraints will find these videos particularly interesting as they offer practical solutions to maximize the accuracy and precision of diagnostic work.

Each video is accompanied by the corresponding protocol from the Diagnosis of Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders: A Laboratory Manual and a searchable video transcript that is divided into segments. Professionals can quickly jump to the portions of the video they are most interested in by clicking the segment title in the transcript. Assay record sheets and graph paper are also provided in the “Supplementary Materials” section.

With the Diagnosis of Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders: A Laboratory Manual in six languages, detailed video demonstrations of the foundational manual techniques, and additional supplementary materials, the Laboratory Manual page of the WFH eLearning Platform provides a wealth of resources to enable laboratory professionals to successfully perform the diagnostic assays key to the management of bleeding disorders.

Fiona Robinson, Educational Materials Manager for the WFH, wishes to thank Georghia Michael for her contributions to this article.