Hematology: The Physiology of Blood

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Today we welcomed a group of awesome engineers from Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood management, blood safety, therapeutic apheresis, cell therapy and cell collections.

They taught us all about blood and the various functions it serves in our bodies, such as homeostasis.

We also explored the properties of UV light and how it interacts with various materials, in order to understand how they are used in the health industries. We learned that Terumo BCT uses UV light to sanitize donated blood, so the blood containers need to allow UV light to pass through. Prescription bottles, on the other hand, are engineered to block UV light because it can damage the pills.

Finally, we learned about centrifuging which is used to separate blood into its individual components by density: plasma, platelets, white blood cells (leukocytes), and red blood cells. Then we got to see centripetal force in action while creating spin art!