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Blood Platelet Transfusion
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Blood Platelet Transfusion

As Dracula would say, “The blood is the life.” Blood carries oxygen throughout the body. The development of blood transfusions to treat life-threatening conditions and emergencies ranks as a medical milestone.

Whole blood or its individual components can be transfused into a patient. Check out this animation to get a clear picture of the process in a cancer-treatment scenario.

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Donor Tag Game

Donor Tag Game

Giving blood for transfusions is easy, but getting people to the donation site can be tricky. In this game you have to tag 10 potential donors each round before time runs out. Dogs and babies don’t count! More...

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American Red Cross
For the First Time, Lab-Grown Blood Is Pumped Into a Human’s Veins

For the First Time, Lab-Grown Blood Is Pumped Into a Human’s Veins

In what could be a major step in overcoming blood shortages, scientists transfused blood grown in the lab back into the donor who provided blood stem cells. Find out how they did it. More...

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Popular Science
100 Greatest Discoveries: Blood Transfusion

100 Greatest Discoveries: Blood Transfusion

Before the discovery of blood types (Which one are you: A, B, AB, or O?), blood transfusions were like a game of roulette. They could do way more harm than good, and even kill the patient. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Against the Flow: What’s Behind the Decline in Blood Transfusions?

Against the Flow: What’s Behind the Decline in Blood Transfusions?

From autotransfusions to bloodless options, there are a number of reasons for a drop in transfusions. Find out why this decline has been taking place. More...

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Stanford University
Big Idea: Blood Transfusions

Big Idea: Blood Transfusions

The blood transfusions that medicine relies on today were a long time coming. From lamb-to-human to dog-to-dog, explore the incredible history of transfusion. More...

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SciShow
Blood Transfusion

Blood Transfusion

Shuba Allard works as a hematologist, a doctor who studies the blood. She explains the medical use of blood transfusions, as well as how donated blood is tested for infections. More...

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New Hampshire Public TV
Blood Transfusion Quiz

Blood Transfusion Quiz

Blood transfusions save lives. How much do you know about them? Show your knowledge in this 10-question quiz. More...

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University of Rochester
History of Blood Transfusion

History of Blood Transfusion

Journey date by date through almost 400 years of medical discoveries — including the substitution of milk for blood! — related to the development of blood transfusion. More...

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American Red Cross
The Truth About Transfusions

The Truth About Transfusions

People have lots of questions about blood transfusions. Why are they needed? Do they hurt? Are they safe? Can people get sick from donating blood? Get the answers here. More...

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TeensHealth

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