Blood and Plasma Donations

  • Blood donation.  Help saves lives by providing blood and services to support transfusion and transplantation medicine in the Inland Northwest.
  • Plasma donation.  Your blood is made up of a liquid portion and a cellular portion. The cellular portion contains white blood cells that fight infection, red blood cells that carry oxygen, and platelets that aid clotting. Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. It has a number of vital functions in bleeding and infection control. It contains proteins and antibodies, which are produced by the immune system to fight diseases.   Donors are paid for this, based upon their weight; however, there are some restrictions. 
  • Dr. Universe gives this explanation to Children:
Suchy-Dicey is a scientist at Washington State University who is really curious about blood. Her research helps people at risk for diseases.

She said that blood is actually made up of different things:
red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma.

If you think of your circulatory system like the postal service, mail carriers are the red blood cells. They transport important packages and letters (oxygen) over a vast network of streets and highways (blood vessels).

About a gallon and a half of blood circulates through the human body, dropping off these deliveries, 24 hours a day.

White blood cells help your body fight off infections. There are lots of different types of white blood cells with different jobs. Some of them fight off tiny bacteria and fungi. Some of them fight off viruses or other invaders.

All of the white blood cellsí jobs have one common mission: keeping you healthy.  Platelets help keep you healthy, too. Whenever you get a cut or scrape, these disc-shaped parts come to the rescue. Platelets help stop blood from flowing. They also help prevent you from losing blood and keep out invaders.

Blood cells are produced in your bones. Specifically, they are produced in the soft fatty part inside your bones called bone marrow.

Plasma is a watery solution with a few other things floating in it, like salt and proteins. It flows, carrying other cells freely along those streets and highways we know as blood vessels.  Your plasma is formed mostly using water you drink. Thatís why itís really important to drink enough water each day. 

While on the issue of water, hereís a quick activity you can try to find out about how much blood your heart pumps in a minute.  Youíll need a bucket of water, an empty bucket, and a small Dixie cup. Fill a bucket with about a gallon of water. Have a friend set a timer for one minute and see how many little cups of water you can move to the empty bucket.  Each time your heart beats it moves about a small Dixie cupís worth of blood. It takes our heart about one minute to pump about a gallon of blood. Can you move the liquid faster than a heart? Try it out sometime and let me know how it works.  (quoted with permission of Ask Dr. Universe, a program of Washington State University)
http://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2017/04/17/why-do-we-have-blood-where-does-it-come-from/

Dr. Wendy Sue Universe investigates STEM questions from elementary and middle school students. The Ask Dr. Universe project connects K-8 grade students with real experts and researchers at Washington State University. Subscribe to the Ask Dr. Universe newsletter and you will receive free science Q&As, videos, and activities each week. Kids can ask their own science questions or find more info at http://www.askDrUniverse.wsu.edu.

Statistics
  • Inland Northwest Blood Center in Spokane is the only blood provider to the Inland Northwest.  INBC needs a minimum of 200 donors per day to meet the needs of the Inland Northwest.  INBC services more than 35 hospitals across the entire Inland Northwest.  About 30% of INBC's blood supply goes to cancer patients, and another 15% goes to heart patients.  About 1 in 7 people entering the hospital will need blood.  The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.  (Source:  Inland Northwest Blood Center, April 2017) 
What You Can Do
  • Donate blood to our local blood bank



  • Donate blood plasma at a plasma service. (allow 2 hours for this procedure)

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