Login or Register to unlock everything MedSchool has to offer!
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.


    Apheresis Platelets
    Blood is removed, platelets collected and blood returned to patient
    Pooled Platelets
    Equivalent to 5 units of apheresis platelets
    Phenotyped Platelets
    For patients with clinically significant antibodies – lack specific antigens
    Irradiated Platelets
    Lack T cells, which normally mediate transfusion-related graft-vs-host disease – for use in transplant and severely immunosuppressed patients
    CMV Seronegative Platelets
    Tested and cleared of CMV, for use in severely immunosuppressed patients


  • Human platelets are used to treat patients with thrombocytopaenia due to a variety of causes.
    • Composition

    • Platelets
    • Additive solution - sodium chloride, sodium acetate, sodium citrate, sodium dihydrogenophosphate, disodium hydrogenophosphate, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride

Clinical Use

  • Consult local guidelines regarding the use of blood products in your area.
    • Indications

    • Non-bleeding patients: platelet count <10
    • Major surgery: platelet count <50
    • Ocular / neurosurgery: platelet count <100
    • Defective platelet function
    • Contraindications

    • Thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura (TTP)
    • Heparin-induced thrombocytopaenia (HIT)
  • One unit of pooled platelets is expected to increase the serum platelet count by 30-50.
Last updated on January 17th, 2019