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Table 1 Parameters considered in evaluating good quality thick and thin smears

From: Effects of modifying the World Health Organization standard operating procedures for malaria microscopy to improve surveillance in resource poor settings

Thick smear Thin smear
Correct thickness Not too thick
Properly fixed Correct degree of staining
Correct size No staining granules
Correct degree of staining WBC nuclei red
No staining granules No staining particles
WBC nuclei red  
No staining particles