Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Q: What is shelf life of Plateletpheresis? 

Answer: 5 days 

Platelets are stored at room temperature with continuous gentle agitation for up to 5 days. So, Platelets are not suppose to be in cooler at bedside while awaiting transfusion. 

Apheresis platelets are collected from an individual donor during a 2-3 hour apheresis procedure and contain about 3 x 1011 platelets (equivalent of 6-8 units of platelet concentrate; a therapeutic dose for an adult).

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