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Blood Products
Blood Products
Human blood products including red blood cells, platelets and plasma products are provided as transfusions for a variety of therapeutic indications. They are associated with potential adverse effects of which it is important to be aware.

Fresh Frozen Plasma

    Whole Blood Plasma
    Plasma separated from whole blood collection
    Apheresis Plasma
    Blood is removed, plasma collected and blood returned to patient
    IgA-Deficient Plasma
    Tested for IgA, for use in IgA-deficient patients who may have developed anti-IgA antibodies.
    Low Titre Anti-T Plasma
    Tested for anti-T, for use in patients at risk of haemolytic reactions
    Donor Secretor Plasma
    For use prior to bone marrow transplant with major ABO mismatch, in order to reduce the risk of haemolysis and pure red cell aplasia


  • Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is a blood product made up of the plasma portion of whole blood, following removal of all cells.
    • Composition

    • Proteins - albumin, (immuno)globulins, fibrinogen
    • Coagulation factors
    • Carbohydrates
    • Lipids
    • Electrolytes
    • Hormones

Clinical Use

    • Indications

    • INR >1.6 in patients not on warfarin
    • Warfarin reversal – major haemorrhage, emergent presurgical
    • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
    • Massive transfusion
Last updated on January 17th, 2019