Wednesday Wisdom: There is No Process To Make Artificial Blood
There are many different types of artificial replacements for the human body, including a hip or knee replacement, and chest, chin, calf, and buttocks implants. Did you know that there is no process to make artificial blood? Click to read more about why this is true!
What is Blood Composed of?
Blood is composed of many different parts to make the whole. There are red blood cells that carry oxygen to different parts of the body. Hemoglobin is the protein that binds the oxygen to the blood cells. White blood cells help to fight off diseases. Plasma is the liquid part that contains water and salts.
Why Is There No Artificial Blood?
So far, artificial blood has not been able to be produced in a laboratory because there are so many different characteristics of blood. Artificial blood may only be used for transporting oxygen, but does not have a large amount of efficacy. Because of this, people are still widely encouraged to donate blood.
The Importance of Blood Transfusion and Donations
January is blood donor month. This is a national recognition that blood is a necessity needed by all hospitals and surgery centers. Because of the inability of labs to produce blood, the only way we can replace bad or lost blood, is through donations. There are many diseases such as sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, Rhesus, and many more that people need blood transfusions to be healthy. If you are interested, please look up blood drives happening in your community.
Did you know that it has been proven difficult to make artificial blood in a laboratory? Did you also know that this is why it is incredibly important to donate blood? If you would like to read previous Wednesday wisdom articles, please click here. Comment below if you have any medical trivia or fun facts that you either know, or would like us to write about!