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Blood safety

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Background

  • Overview: Blood safety refers to the procedures used to collect and store human blood products for the purpose of injecting them into another human being for medical reasons.
  • In vertebrates, blood is made of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) suspended in a fluid called plasma. Plasma is composed of 90% water and contains minerals, hormones, glucose, proteins, carbon dioxide, platelets, and blood cells.
  • Erythrocytes, also known as red blood cells or RBCs, are the largest and most prevalent blood cells. Hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein, gives RBCs their red color and helps transport oxygen throughout the body.
  • Leukocytes, called white blood cells or WBCs, are part of the body's immune system and help fight against infections. Leukocytosis, an indicator of disease, is a state in which there is an increase of leukocytes in the blood, usually signifying the presence of an infection.
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References

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