January is National Blood Donor Month!
However, what exactly is blood? We all know that we can become sick or even die without enough blood. Many volunteers are interested in learning about the components that constitute their donated blood.
Simply put blood is made up of four parts:
*Red Corpuscles (Red Blood Cells=RBC) Inside of these cells is hemoglobin. Hemoglobin binds oxygen from the lungs and the RBC's hemoglobin releases oxygen at the level of the tissues.
*White Corpuscles (white blood cells=WBC), primary job is to fight infections entering the body.
*Thrombocytes, also termed platelets, are cells that help you stop bleeding if you are injured.
*Plasma, a yellowish fluid that carries nutrients, hormones, and proteins throughout the body.
For more information about the process to donate blood contact your local red cross office or health care network. It takes all blood types, so please give so someone could live.
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