Blood components
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Blood components

Alistair Farley Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series, explores the functions of blood cells and their role in maintaining health. An overview of the development of blood cells is described and the functions of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are explained. The importance of blood grouping for safe blood transfusion is discussed, as are disorders relating to blood.

Nursing Standard. 27, 13,35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.11.27.13.35.c9449

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