Refrigerated platelets for the treatment of acute bleeding: a review of the literature and reexamination of current standards.

@article{Pidcoke2014RefrigeratedPF,
  title={Refrigerated platelets for the treatment of acute bleeding: a review of the literature and reexamination of current standards.},
  author={Heather F. Pidcoke and Philip C Spinella and Anand Kumar Ramasubramanian and Geir Strandenes and Tor Hervig and Paul M. Ness and Andrew P Cap},
  journal={Shock},
  year={2014},
  volume={41 Suppl 1},
  pages={51-3}
}
This review is a synopsis of the decisions that shaped global policy on platelet (PLT) storage temperature and a focused appraisal of the literature on which those discussions were based. We hypothesize that choices were centered on optimization of preventive PLT transfusion strategies, possibly to the detriment of the therapeutic needs of acutely bleeding patients. Refrigerated PLTs are a better hemostatic product, and they are safer in that they are less prone to bacterial contamination. They… CONTINUE READING
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