Wet Mount

In skilled hands, a wet mount of vaginal secretions is a rapid and reliable method of determining the cause of a vaginal discharge.

The technique is easy to teach in group settings, and easier if you have some training materials.

In this training module, we begin with a 5 minute video that outlines the concepts and basic methods of the KOH and saline wet preps. The video format is useful because it consistently covers the important issues, and never gets tired of presenting the same material.

The video format is also useful because it shows in real time the active motion of the trichomonads, and has the ability to focus up and down through the plane of the slide, making identification of yeast and clue cells easier. This mimics the images seen during an actual wet mount procedure.

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Notes from a Medical Educator