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BY: DANA GONZ AL E Z

WHY IS PLASMA TAKEN


OUT OF BLOOD?
WHY ASK MYSELF THIS QUESTION?
When I started donating blood, one of the questions
that they would ask is Would you like to donate
plasma, we pay for it? and also at that time we
were learning about blood in my Anatomy Class,
but didnt go into depth about it. Which makes me
curious on why they would pay for something thats
in your blood. Is it really that important to others?
WHAT I KNOW
I dont know much about plasma, just that its found
in our blood, and that its the liquid part of it and it
contains the blood cells
WHAT I WANT TO LEARN
I want to learn specifically what Plasma is. Why do
they have to take it out of our blood? What do the
use the plasma that they take out of use and use in
others?
MY RESEARCH
I looked for my information on websites where it
explained more about my topic, I also talked to the
Medical Anatomy & Physiology teacher at
Cottonwood. I didnt look on the websites like
Wikipedia or .com because those aren't reliable
sources like the others
WHAT I LEARNED
I learned that the blood plasma helps maintain
good blood pressure and volume to supplying
critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity. It
also serves as the medium for exchange of vital
minerals such as sodium and potassium and helps
to maintain a proper pH balance in the body,
which is critical to cell function. Plasma is obtained
by separating the liquid portion of blood from the
cells.


WHAT I LEARNED CONT.
Plasma has proteins that help the blood clot incase
of an injury. Plasma contains nutrients, vitamins and
electrolytes, and hormones to help the body
function properly. During a plasma donation the
they will take out the blood and plasma but since it
is mixed together, the blood and plasma will be
separated by something that is called a centrifuge,
then the blood is put back into your body but the
plasma isn't.
WHAT I LEARNED CONT.
Plasma is used for so many ways when it is donated
it helps the immune system with more antibodies its
also used to treat people with major burns, life
threatening diseases, genetic conditions and
autoimmune and neurological disorders.
WHAT I THINK
I think that in some cases it would be good to
donate blood plasma you would be helping out
someone else that needs it. But also people that I've
talked to (usually adults) say that its an unpleasant
experience, some people will give there plasma to
get some money in return. But you'll be helping
someone out that needs it, like a burn victim, or
someone with a bad immune system. I learned a lot
about Blood Plasma that I didnt know about, but
now after doing research on it I know a lot more
about it.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-
blood/blood-components/plasma
http://donor.blood.co.uk/about-blood/how-blood-
is-used/plasma/
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/Encyclopedia/Con
tent.aspx?ContentTypeID=160&ContentID=37