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Blood donation. Blood donor with a tube inserted in her forearm to collect blood. The blood is collected in a bag suspended beneath the bed. Usually about 475 millilitres of blood is collected from each donor. Mobile blood units travel to prearranged areas, such as shopping centres and work places, so that potential blood donors can attend at their convenience. Donor blood is given to patients in transfusions to replace lost blood, for example during surgery or after accidents.
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