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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
When most of the plasma is removed from a blood donation, we’re left with the red cells which can be used to treat anaemia.
Platelets are either collected as part of a whole blood donation or by apheresis. One apheresis donation can make up to three doses of platelets.
Usually used for patients with coagulopathy who are at risk of bleeding, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) can be taken from a whole blood donation or apheresis.
Cryodepleted plasma is what’s left after the cryoprecipitate is taken out. It’s a practical alternative to FFP in some cases.
Cryoprecipitate is taken from thawed frozen plasma, and used in some patients at risk of critical bleeding.
Some blood components are modified, including washing, testing, freezing, irradiation, phenotyping and splitting components.