CHECKPOINT 1 HCA 240 WEEK 4 - and biconcave, contains...

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Diana B Hawkins HCA/240 Bobbie Brooks CheckPoint: Week 4 CHECKPOINT 1: BLOOD BANK SUPERVISOR Student (Q): What exactly is whole blood? Blood Bank Supervisor (A): I will try to explain what whole blood is in normal everyday used words versus medical terms which are like speaking a whole different language. Whole blood consists of red blood cells, and platelets suspended in a protective liquid known as plasma. Whole blood contains two different types of blood cells, and the only purpose of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma can only be found within the whole blood. Red blood cells are cells in the blood of vertebrates that transport oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the tissue. The red blood cell is disk-shaped
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Unformatted text preview: and biconcave, contains hemoglobin, and does lack nucleus. Red blood cell are also known as erythrocyte, and also called corpuscle. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood. Plasma has many vital functions in bleeding and infection control. Plasma contains proteins and antibodies, which immune system produces. This helps the immune system to fight disease. Platelets are small cell fragments in the blood that help control bleeding. Platelets also known as thrombocytes help plug up small blood vessels and help in the clotting process. I hope this helped you to understand a little more about whole blood....
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2010 for the course HEALTH ADM HCA/240 taught by Professor Hawkins during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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