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Flat Stanley Visits the Blood Bank 2

When a patient needs blood, the scientists check the patient’s blood type. Then a unit of a compatible blood type is chosen. The unit of blood is checked against the patient’s blood, to make certain no dangerous reactions happen. Then the patient can get the unit of blood. The scientists put the mixtures of […]

Flat Stanley Visits the Blood Bank

Flat Stanley has come to visit a hospital laboratory. The people who work there are called Clinical Laboratory Scientists or Clinical Laboratory Technicians. One area of the lab is the Blood Bank. After someone donates blood, the staff check the blood for diseases, and then check the blood type. Once they know it’s free of […]

Flat Stanley Visits a Blood Bank 5

This is a unit of platelets. You probably have seen pictures of them on television on Plavix commercials. Platelets also help blood to clot. Too many can be a problem, and too few can be, too. Too few platelets might make a patient not stop bleeding. A patient needs both platelets and clotting factors to […]

Flat Stanley Visits a Blood Bank 4

Here is Fresh Frozen Plasma. This is given to patients who have bled so much, they have used up their clotting factors and their blood won’t clot any more. This will help the blood clot, so that the patient will quit bleeding!

Flat Stanley Visits a Blood Bank 3

When someone donates blood, many products can be made from one unit. Here, Flat Stanley is with a unit of red blood cells. It’s like concentrated blood or “super blood”. Red blood cells are given to patients who have lost blood or have anemia.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA

Hello, Dr./Mr. Hubert, how are you? My name is Todd Barber, and I’m the lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn at JPL in Pasadena, CA. I also worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. A family friend sent me Flat Stanley last month and we had a wonderful time getting […]

Flat Stanley Visits A Hospital Laboratory!

Flat Stanley watches while a microbiologist plates a specimen in a bio-safety hood.

Since this is the year of the scientist, Flat Stanley went to a hospital laboratory. 

Have you ever had your blood drawn?  Yes, that’s not the most fun thing, but…  Have you ever thought about what happens to those tubes […]