Blood donation

Blood donation

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Caption: Blood donor with a tube inserted in his forearm to collect blood. He is squeezing a rubber ball to encourage good circulation in his arm. The collected blood is drained into a bag (lower right) that contains an anti-coagulant so the blood remains liquid. The bag rests on a set of scales so that the nurses (phlebotomists) can monitor the amount collected. Typically a full bag will hold 475 millilitres. Donor blood is given to patients in transfusions to replace lost blood, for example during surgery or after accidents.

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Keywords: apparatus, balance, ball, blood, blood equipment, catheter, collecting, collection, donation, donor, healthcare, male, man, measurement, measuring, medical, medicine, national, needle, product, products, rubber, scales, squeezing, transfusion service

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