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Can You Do The Following?

                A.  Overview:  Composition and Functions of Blood

                                1.  Describe the composition and physical characteristics of whole blood.

                                2.  Explain why it is classified as a connective tissue.

                                3.  List and describe the three major functions of blood.


                B.  Formed Elements

                                  4.  Describe the structural characteristics, and functions of erythrocytes.

                                  5.  Identify where erythrocytes are produced.

                                  6.  List the classes (5), structural characteristics, and functions of


                                  7.  Describe the structure and function of platelets.

                                  8.  Give examples of disorders caused by abnormalities of each of the

       following formed elements:  Erythrocytes ( Anemia 3 types, Polycythemia

       and blood doping), and Leukocytes ( Leukemias and Infectious Mononucleosis).

  9.  Describe the importance of the following terms as they relate to the functional

       characteristics of leukocytes: diapedesis, amoeboid motion, positive chemotaxis and



                C.  Plasma

                                10.  Discuss the composition and functions of plasma.

                                11.  Explain the following hemostasis disorders.  Thrombus, Embolus,

       Thrombocytopenia and hemophilia.


                D.  Transfusion and Blood Replacement

                                12.  Describe the ABO and Rh blood groups.  Explain the basis of

                                       transfusion reactions.

                                13.  List several examples of blood expanders.  Describe their function

                                       and the circumstances in which they are usually used.


                E.  Diagnostic Blood Tests

                                14.  Explain the importance of blood testing as a diagnostic tool.


peripheral blood smear


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