I found that understanding the types of solutions and, more importantly, their influences on the body. Is a topic that many students and even some current providers still have issues grasping.
Students are presented with a similar picture, like the one on the cover for this post, or given a youtube link to watch a video on the topics.
One of the best ways I found to help the student apply the topic is for them to experiment with a drop of their blood.
See the video below:
DISCLAIMER: NOW, DON’T JUST GO AND SHOW THIS VIDEO AS WELL! We know what you were thinking! 😉
Equipment needed for each student:
- Microscope – if you’re associated with a college- Shouldn’t be hard. If you’re not, still ask a college or high school to borrow some microscopes. You never know until you ask!!!
- Blood specimen x3 (from student)
- Lacent x 3
- Slides for specimin slides x 3
- Eye protection
- Gauze and bandaids
- Your choice of fluids
- Biohazard, Sharp, and Glass disposal
- Stable table for microscope
Now go forth to learn and educate
We are doing more watching than practicing nowadays. Let’s find ways to practice again!!