Awesome shot of a blood clot, showing single erythrocytes being caught in a network of fibrin protein . Hemostasis is the process of how the body stops bleeding from a cut or injury.
Bleeding happens when a blood vessel is broken. The injury can be small, like a minor scrape, or large, like a deep cut that needs stitches. When a blood vessel is injured, the body’s hemostatic system helps to stop the bleeding. This system is made up of:
Tissues under the blood vessels
Cells that are in the blood, such as platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells
Proteins that help blood clot.
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