Article Abstract

Could platelet washing be used to reduce adverse reactions in patients receiving platelet component transfusions?

Authors: Olivier Garraud, Fabrice Cognasse


Platelet component transfusion aims to bring substantial benefits to patients requiring them, either suffering from active bleeding or exposed to a bleeding condition. However, it is not devoid of side effects and, depending on the hemovigilance system in force, it is reported that nearly 5% of transfused platelet components are associated with complications, with one in ten being serious (1,2).