Fantastic Voyage
Topics: Immune system, Blood, Heart, Lung / Pages: 6 (1359 words) / Published: May 21st, 2013

Fantastic Voyage

Lyndsay Powell

HS 130 - 02

Unit #4 Assignment

Kaplan University

April 16, 2013

Fantastic Voyage

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Lyndsay Powell and I am thankful that you have decided to come on this adventure with me. I hope you learn some interesting information from me today. And remember, if you have any questions, feel free to stop me at anytime. Any questions so far? No? Well, let’s take off!

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have just entered the blood stream through the right femoral vein of a healthy, active, twenty-three year old female. For those of you who are unsure where the right femoral vein is, I’ll tell you. The right femoral vein is found in the upper right thigh of the leg. Ok, now that we all know where we are, let’s begin our fantastic voyage.

“Blood flows from the right femoral vein up to the heart. It travels through several different veins to get there, and we will cover those as we get to them. But before we get to that, let me give you a little back story on the blood system. There are about 4.5 to 5 million red blood cells per every cubic millimeter of blood and about 5,000 to 10,000 white blood cells per every cubic millimeter of blood (Thibodeau & Patton, 2006). See that there? That is a red blood cell. As you can see, it is disk-shaped. It has no nuclei and its function is to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from different parts of the body (Thibodeau & Patton, 2006).”

“Incoming alert! Incoming alert!” says the intercom.

“Hold on just a second ladies and gentlemen. It seems that there is a problem.”

After listening to the command center, Lyndsay comes back to tell her passengers: “Well ladies and gentlemen, it seems as if our patient here has a bacterial pneumonia in the lower lobe of her right lung. Would you guys like to see how our immune system fights off this infection? You would? Great! Let’s get



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