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What are the types of donation for all blood components?

  • Whole-blood: 500 mL collected in 10 min, separated into RBCs, plus 200 mL plasma or 50-60 mL platelets
  • Apheresis: donor blood drawn into continuous-flow centrifuge during 45-90-min collection, desired components skimmed off, rest returned to donor
    • Collect 1 or 2 300-mL platelet doses, or 2 units plasma, or 2 units RBCs; or
    • Two doses of different components: RBCs plus platelets, etc.


What are the contents, doses, and transfusion responses of platelets?

  • Product Types:
    • Plateletpheresis unit—full adult dose; >90% of US platelet doses
    • Whole-blood platelets—5 units pooled for full adult dose; <10% of US platelet doses
  • Storage: 5 days, 20-24°C
  • Compatibility: Contains ABO antigens on platelets, anti-A/B in plasma, <1 mL RBCs
    • Ideally ABO-matched and Rh(D)-negative for Rh(D)-negative girls and women to avoid Rh(D)+ RBC exposure/risk of anti-D
  • Content/Response: content of either apheresis or pool ideally raises adult platelet count by average of 25-30,000/uL immediately, with persisting 10-15,000/uL-increment at 18-24 hr
  • Circulating lifespan: 1-2 days in thrombocytopenic patients


What are the contents, doses, and transfusion response of plasma?

  • Product Types:
    • Fresh Frozen Plasma—must be frozen <8 hr after collection for FFP designation, per FDA
      • difficult to make fast enough in many regions—minority of US plasma is FFP
    • Plasma—frozen <24 hr of collection; most available plasma is “PF24” per FDA; used same as FFP
    • Pathogen-reduced plasma—Solvent-detergent or photochemically treated plasma
  • Storage, FFP and Plasma: 1 year, < -18°C; thawed, 1-6°C for 5 days (pathogen-inactivated, 12-24 hr)
  • Compatibility: Contains anti-A/B in plasma
    • Ideally give ABO-matched; avoid giving anti-A or -B versus ABO
  • Content: 200 mL plasma/dose; normal clotting factor levels
  • Response:
    • Average plasma volume = 5000 mL total blood volume [70 mL/kg body wt x 70 kg]  X (1 - 0.40 hematocrit) = 3000 mL
    • One 200-mL unit plasma added to 3000 mL plasma volume = <6% rise in clotting factor levels
    • >3-4 units needed initially for significant clotting factor deficiency (see Indications below)
  • Clotting factor half-lives:
    • F VII, 4-6 hr
    • F VIII 12 hr
    • others, 1-2 days


What are the contents, doses, and transfusion responses of cryoprecipitate?

  • Product: Thaw FFP to just above freezing
    • A precipitate forms containing fibrinogen, factor VIII, von Willebrand factor
    • Centrifuge the bag, express off the supernatant, and freeze the cryoprecipitate (15 mL)
    • Adult dose usually 5 units
  • Note: Cryo was developed for hemophilia A, but is no longer used for F VIII or vWF therapy
  • Storage: 1 year, < -18°C; thawed, 20-24°C for < 6 hr (do not refrigerate and re-precipitate)
  • Compatibility: Small volume, 75 mL/dose; ABO matching not necessary
  • Content—fibrinogen: FDA requirement (used in some dosing calculations) is >150 mg/unit
    • Actualy content averages 400 mg/unit x 5 = 2000 mg/5-pool dose
  • Response: 2000 mg into 3000 mL plasma volume => 65 mg/dL rise in plasma fibrinogen/dose, without consumption
  • Fibrinogen half-life: 2-3 days


What are the indications for platlet transfusion?

  • Platelet count <10K/uL without bleeding: transfusion goal >10K/uL to prevent spontaneous bleeding
    • Exception: immune thrombocytopenic purpura—autoantibodies usually block rise in platelet count
  • Platelet count <50K/uL with bleeding or invasive procedure: transfusion goal >50K/uL
  • Platelet count <75-100K/uL & central nervous system (CNS) bleeding/procedure: goal >75-100K/uL
  • Platelet dysfunction and bleeding or invasive procedure:
    • antiplatelet medications
    • post-cardiac bypass
    • congenital platelet disorder
    • 2 doses of platelets provide 50-60K/uL of functioning platelets
  • Massive transfusion (>10 units RBCs) with presumed platelet dilution, pending platelet count


What is platelet refractoriness, and what is the appropriate management?

  • Post-transfusion platelet count does not rise or persist as expected
  • Evaluation: post-transfusion platelet count at 15-60 min, and at 18-24 hr
  • Non-immune:
    • sequestration (splenomegaly)
    • usage (bleeding, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC))
    • high turnover (fever, sepsis)
    • large blood volume (high body weight)—in some cases, good 60-min response but poor 18-24-hr response
  • Immune (antibody): suspect if poor 60-min responses
    • If ABO-incompatible, try ABO-matched
    • Test for antibodies: HLA Class I (HLA-A, HLA-B), and/or platelet crossmatch for IgG vs platelets
    • Give HLA-matched or crossmatch-compatible platelets
      • platelet counts <60 min post-transfusion to assess which donors work


What are the indications for plasma transfusion?

  • Multiple clotting factor deficiencies and bleeding or invasive procedure
    • Liver disease
    • DIC
    • Emergency warfarin reversal, if time does not permit reversal by vitamin K (1 day)
      • Note: Four-factor concentrate (II-VII-IX-X) is an alternative to plasma for providing vitamin-K-dependent factors emergently for CNS bleeding or surgery
    • Massive transfusion (>10 units RBCs) with plasma dilution
      • 1:1 ratio of RBC units to plasma units is advocated in these patients
  • Congenital factor deficiencies when factor concentrates are not available: factor V, factor XI
    • Factor concentrates approved in US:
      • fibrinogen
      • VII, VIII, IX, and XIII
      • combinations II-IX-X and II-VII-IX-X
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)


What are the goals of platelet transfusion?

  • Factor levels and clotting tests
    • Factor levels vary widely among patients--50-150% of pooled-plasma normal mean
    • Hemostasis adequate for most purposes when factor levels are >30% of normal, approx. equivalent to:
      • Prothrombin time (PT) ~1.5 times normal, or International Normalized Ratio (INR) ~1.6
      • Partial thromboplastin time (PTT) ~1.5 times normal
  • Plasma transfusion effect on lab values in factor deficiency
    • Highly elevated PT/INR (very low factor levels) readily improves with plasma
    • As INR approaches 1.6, further improvement from transfusion is very small
      • E.g.: [3000 mL plasma, 30% factor levels] + [1000 mL plasma (5 units), 100% level] = 4000 mL plasma with 48% factor level
    • Complete normalization of factor levels with plasma is not possible with simple transfusion


What are the indications for cryoprecipitate transfusions?

  • Bleeding or invasive procedure and fibrinogen level inadequate (despite plasma transfusion)
    • Plasma fibrinogen <100 mg/dL (normal 200-400 mg/dL)
    • Plasma fibrinogen <200 mg/dL in obstetrical bleeding
  • Fibrinogen concentrate recently approved in US—approved only for rare congenital fibrinogen deficiency/dysfunction
    • ​In many countries concentrate is used instead of cryo—pathogen-inactivated, rapidly infusible