Plasma (Blood plasma)

Blood is thicker than water – and so is plasma! This critical component of blood plays an important role in maintaining your health.

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SizesGiantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!

Original (PD) 5-8"

MaterialsPlush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.
PackagingEach plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.
SafetyEvery product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.

All about Plasma (Blood plasma)

FACTS: Plasma is the pale liquid that makes up about 55% of your blood. The other blood components – red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets – are suspended in plasma, and it allows them to travel through the blood vessels and around your body!

But plasma is more than just a passive transportation system for blood cells. Plasma itself plays a critical role in carrying waste products to the kidneys, liver, and lungs where they can be removed from the body. Plasma also helps maintain normal blood pressure and helps regulate the body’s temperature.

While plasma is about 93% water, it contains a myriad of important substances such as clotting factors and proteins, lipids and hormones, enzymes and antibodies, vitamins and minerals, sugars and salts and fats.

Needless to say, these are all critical components. But amazingly, if the water is removed, it is possible to preserve the residue and then re-hydrate it later using distilled water, a technique developed during World War II to aid soldiers. Plasma can also be frozen solid and kept for nearly a decade before use!

Because plasma can be readily preserved, blood banks keep plenty on reserve for medical transfusions. But fresh supplies are always needed, particularly of the AB-type which is universal and can be received by anyone.

So be thankful for your wondrous water of life – and think about passing some along!

NameFrom the Greek: Plásma = molded or formed.
SystemCirculatory System
QuantityPlasma makes up 55% of the total blood volume, which in an adult human is around 5 liters.
History1940: Charles Drew discovered a way to dry plasma to preserve it for use in later transfusions. This saved many lives in WWII.
Fascinating FactsFrozen: Blood plasma is frozen within 24 hours of donation to preserve the clotting factors.

Universal Donor: For red blood cell donation, O- is the universal donor because of the lack of A/B antigens. For plasma donation, type AB is the universal donor because the plasma doesn’t contain antibodies that would react with potential antigens in the recipients’ blood.

Plasma in Culture:
Plasma: a German Electro-Rock band whose new album is titled “Replay Terror.”
Horse Blood Plasma: Artist Marion Laval-Jeantet injected herself with horse immunoglobulins and horse blood plasma to explore the divide between human and animal.

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