Blood sampling

Blood sampling

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Caption: Blood sampling. Potential blood donor having a finger pricked to collect a drop of blood. The blood is tested for its haemoglobin levels before a donation is accepted. Haemoglobin is the red- coloured pigment in red blood cells that is involved in oxygen transport. A low concentration of haemoglobin indicates a low red blood cell count (anaemia), meaning that a blood donation could be potentially harmful to the donor. Donated blood is given to patients in transfusions to replace lost blood, for example during surgical procedures or after accidents.

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Keywords: anaemia test, anemia, apparatus, bleeding, blood donor, equipment, finger, fingers, haemoglobin levels, hand, hands, healthcare, jab, lance, letting, medical, medicine, national, pin, prick, sample, sampling, transfusion service

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