Edexcel IGCSE Biology

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2.8.7 Human Transport Systems: Platelets

Platelets

  • Platelets are involved in helping the blood clot
  • Platelets are fragments of cells that are involved in blood clotting and forming scabs where the skin has been cut or punctured
  • When the skin is broken (i.e. there is a wound) platelets arrive to stop the bleeding
  • A series of reactions occur within the blood plasma
  • Platelets release chemicals that cause soluble fibrinogen proteins to convert into insoluble fibrin and form an insoluble mesh across the wound, trapping red blood cells and therefore forming a clot
  • The clot eventually dries and develops into a scab to protect the wound from bacteria entering

How the blood clots, IGCSE & GCSE Biology revision notes

How the blood clots

The importance of blood clotting

  • Blood clotting prevents continued / significant blood loss from wounds
  • Scab formation seals the wound with an insoluble patch that prevents entry of microorganisms that could cause infection
  • It remains in place until new skin has grown underneath it, sealing the skin again

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