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Blood products.

Preparation of blood components

Whole blood


Packed RBC

water 90%

Fresh frozen plasma

plasma material 10%

Platelet concentrate Cryoprecipitate + CryosupernatantI = AHF albumin Fibrinogen Immunoglobulin Others

Blood bags:
Single blood bag:

Whole blood Packed red cells plasma Packed cells Plasma platelets Packed cells Plasma Platelets Plasma factors

Double bags:

Triple bags:

Quarterly bags:

Special bags:

Frozen blood upto 2 years and store under ( 70- 90 c) The bags should be sterile = no contamination.

Patient information's:
No of patients. Name. Others.

This is the first step of blood preparation Depend on 2 factors: Relative centrifugation factor (RCF). Duration of centrifugation.

Heavy spin
5000 /g / 7min = leukocyte-poor RBC, or cell free plasma. 5000/g / 5min = backed cell and platelet concentrate. 4170/ g / 10min = cryoprecipitate 4170 /g/2min = platelet rich plasma.

Light spin,

Centrifugation temp.
Platelet = at 22c Others = 1-6c

How is blood used?

Nowadays, whole blood is rarely used except in cases of sudden and severe blood loss. Instead, it is nearly always separated into its individual components and used for different purposes.

1- Whole Blood:
Contents RBCs WBCs Platelets Plasma Clotting factors


Acute loss of whole blood like in operations and accidents. In Aplastic anaemia. Correct anaemia. Kidney dialysis.

2- Packed red cells

Contents RBCs 20% Plasma


Replace O2 carrying capacity with less volume Severe anemia, slow blood loss, CHF

- Preparation:

Blood should be drawn in double bags. Usually 225 ml of plasma is removed. The Hct is about 70-80%. The blood should be used within the expiration date of the bags.

Packed RBCs are ordinarily the component of choice with which to increase Indications depend on the patient. O2-carrying capacity may be adequate with Hb levels as low as 7 g/L in healthy patients, but transfusion may be indicated with higher Hb levels in patients with decreased cardiopulmonary reserve or ongoing bleeding. One unit of RBCs increases an average adult's Hb by about 1 g/dL and his Hct by about 3% of the pretransfusion Hct value. When only volume expansion is required, other fluids can be used concurrently or separately.

3- Washed red cells

Its convenient but expensive. Washed RBCs are free of almost all traces of plasma, most WBCs, and They are generally given to patients who have severe reactions to

platelets. plasma (eg, severe allergies, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, or IgA immunization).

In IgA-immunized patients, blood collected from IgA-deficient donors

may be preferable for transfusion.

4- Leukocyte-poor red cells or WBC-depleted RBCs:

o Are prepared with special filters that remove 99.99% of WBCs. o

The majority of febrile non-hemolytic reactions (FNH), can be alienate

by transfusion leukocyte-poor red cells, so they are indicated for patients who have experienced nonhemolytic febrile transfusion reactions, and possibly for the prevention of platelet alloimmunization.

Can be prepared by several techniques:

1. 2.

Double centrifuge Heavy spin. Filtration: passing the blood through a nylon filter which is an

efficient method for removal of granulocytes. Heparin is the anticoagulant used for this procedure. In Europe the used the cotton for removal lymphocytes and granulocytes.

Sedimentation: this method provides 90% of red blood cells and Washing: is provides a good recovery of erythrocyte with low no Frozen deglycerolized red cells: when maximally leukocyte poor

10% of original no of platelet and leukocyte.


of WBC and platelet. 6. red blood cells needed.

5- Fresh frozen plasma (FFP)

Contents Clotting factors Fibrinogen Prothrombin Albumin Globulins


Volume expansion : FFP can supplement RBCs when

whole blood is unavailable for exchange transfusion, but FFP should not be used simply for volume expansion.

Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is an unconcentrated source of

all clotting factors deficiency, so indications also include correction of bleeding secondary to factor deficiencies for which specific factor replacements are unavailable, multifactor deficiency states (eg, massive transfusion, disseminated intravascular coagulation [DIC], liver failure) c. Hypofibrinogenaemia, or afibrinigenaemia.

Preparation:Can be prepared by:

Single heavy spin. Double centrifugation to prepare platelet conce. At the same time.

Each unit contains about 225 ml of plasma. Can protect bags within 6h. After collection by placing it in a dry iceFFP bags should be frozen in a horizontal position and store at vertical Shelf life is 12 months when store at -18c or less.

alcohol path or in freezer at -30c or below. position.

When required FFP can be thawed with agitation in 37c in water path

and used within 2h.

6- Platelet concentrate
Contents Platelets WBCs Plasma


Low platelet counts (bleeding) . Platelet concentrates are used to prevent

bleeding in:
1. asymptomatic severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 10,000/L) 2. For bleeding patients with less severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count

< 50,000/L)
3. For bleeding patients with platelet dysfunction due to antiplatelet drugs

but with normal platelet count 4. For patients receiving massive transfusion that causes dilutional thrombocytopenia
5. Sometimes before invasive surgery.

6. Acute leukemia 7. Lymphoma. 8. ITP. 9. Bone marrow transplant Preparation:

Platelet-rich plasma is separated by light spin from erythrocyte. Platelet conc. is then obtained by a heavy spin of platelet rich


Centrifugation should be done at 22c. Separation should be done within 4h. After the blood is drawn. Plasma portion can be frozen as FFP. Plasma should be frozen within 2h of separation at -30c or less. When needed, Frozen plasma should then be thawed between 1-6c One platelet concentrate increases the platelet count by about

over night in a refrigerator or more quickly in a water path at 4c.

10,000/L, and adequate hemostasis is achieved with a platelet count of about 10,000/L in a patient without complicating conditions and about 50,000/L for those undergoing surgery. Therefore, 4 to 6 random donor platelet concentrates are commonly used in adults. Platelet concentrates are increasingly being prepared by automated devices that harvest the platelets (or other cells) and return unneeded components (eg, RBCs, plasma) to the donor.

This procedure, called cytapheresis, provides enough platelets

from a single donation (equivalent to 6 random platelet units) for transfusion to an adult, which, because it minimizes infectious and immunogenic risks, is preferred to multiple donor transfusions in certain conditions.

Certain patients may not respond to platelet transfusions, possibly

because of splenic sequestration or platelet consumption due to HLA or platelet-specific antigen alloimmunization. These patients may respond to multiple random donor platelets (because of greater likelihood that some units are HLA compatible), platelets from family members, or ABO- or HLAmatched platelets. Alloimmunization may be mitigated by transfusing WBC-depleted RBCs and WBC-depleted platelet concentrates.

7- Cryoprecipitated anti hemophilic factor ( AHF )


Factors VIII and XIII, Fibrinogen and von Willebrand factor

(vWF)v. It also contains fibronectin Indications

Hemophilia A Fibrinogen deficiency Factor XIII deficiency Disseminated intravascular coagulation Rare factor XIII deficiency. Von Weill brand's disease.


Cryoprecipitate is a concentrate prepared from FFP, it should be frozen A bag of cryoprecipitate should be contain on the average about 80-100

within 4h and stored at -18c or less.

units of AHF/unit.

The shelf life is 12 month, when store at -18c or low. When requested, cryo precipitate may be thawed in a 37c water path and

then should be maintained at room temp. And used as soon as possible or within 6h after thawing.

8- WBCs:
Granulocytes: Contents WBCs 20% Plasma


Life-threatening decreases in WBC count Granulocytes may be transfused when sepsis occurs in a patient

with profound persistent neutropenia (WBCs < 500/L) who is unresponsive to antibiotics.

Important Notes: - Granulocytes must be given within 24 h of harvest; however, testing for HIV, hepatitis, human T-cell lymphotropic virus, and syphilis may not be completed before infusion.
o Because of improved antibiotic therapy and drugs that stimulate granulocyte

production during chemotherapy, granulocytes are seldom used.

9- Immune globulins:
o Rh immune globulin (RhIg), given IM or IV, prevents development of maternal Rh antibodies that can result from fetomaternal hemorrhage.
o Other immune globulins are available for postexposure prophylaxis for

patients exposed to a number of infectious diseases, including cytomegalovirus, hepatitis A and B, measles, rabies, respiratory syncytial virus, rubella, tetanus, smallpox, and varicella.

10- Plasma Protein Fraction:

Contents 5% Albumin/Globin in saline

Indications Expand volume in burns Hemorrhage Hypoproteinemia

11- Albumin:
Contents 5% or 25% albumin

Indications Replace volume in shock Burns Hypoproteinemia