Blood components

Blood and blood components are biological products, and in the form of cellular products are living human tissue intended for use in the treatment of patients.

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Additives and anticoagulants

Whole and apheresis donations need to be collected and stored in bags containing anticoagulant to prevent clotting and additive solutions to maintain the shelf life of the donated blood products.

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Diethylhexyl Phthalate (DHEP) is a manufactured chemical that makes plastic softer and more flexible. It’s used in many medical products including blood storage bags and tubing used to collect blood.

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Component compatibility

While the same ABO group of the patient is usually the first choice for red cells, platelets and plasma transfusions, there may be some circumstances where non-identical ABO compatible components may be provided.

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Component labelling

Blood component labels contain clinically important information specific to each individual unit. These labels can also have modifier texts, such as red cell phenotype or CMV antibody status.

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Storage and handling

Blood components must be stored in an appropriate temperature-controlled environment. Failure to follow correct storage requirements may result in decreased transfusion efficacy, potential harm to the patient or result in the component being unsuitable for use.

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Fractionated plasma products

A range of valuable products are manufactured from plasma through a process called fractionation. This is when different types of proteins found in plasma are separated, purified and concentrated into therapeutic doses.

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