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Unformatted text preview: As far as plasma, it is the liquid part of blood. The red and white blood cells and platelets have many vital roles in bleeding and infection control. They contain proteins and antibodies they are produced by the immune system to fight diseases. Plasma in the donation process in which you only donate the liquid portion blood, this is plasma. Platelets are blood which is used to help blood clots. They are tiny cells that are made in the bone marrow. When you cut platelets they gather in that area and help stop the bleeding. Platelets can plug small blood vessel bleeding temporary or slow it down all together. Platelets are very important in our body because without platelets you could bleed to death with a minor cut. 2 Blood Bank Supervisor I hope I have answered your entire question you have had about whole blood. I hope you have a better understand on how it works....
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