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How to give blood, and what blood donations are used for

One woman drawing blood from woman sitting in chair
Luciana Santerre

Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. Some for surgery, others because they have a disease that requires certain parts of blood. There is no substitute for human blood — all transfusions use blood from a donor. We’ll learn about the great need for blood and the different ways people can donate, which include: whole blood donation; platelet donation; double red cell donation; and, plasma donation.

Panelists:
Jorge Rios, medical director, American Red Cross Blood Services
Jessica Miller, professor of philosophy, areas of focus include health care ethics; University of Maine

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