Article Abstract

Platelets from the refrigerator: a better way to stop bleeding?

Authors: Paul M. Ness

Abstract

Platelet transfusions have become a mainstay of transfusion practice around the world and the growth of platelet transfusions in China has been significant in recent times. Historically, platelets were prepared from donations of whole blood using sets of plastic bags that allow preparation of a red cell concentrate, a plasma component, and a whole-blood derived platelet (WBDP) from a donation of whole blood.