Best Of AAST #7: How Do You Like Your Platelets – Warm Or Cold?
The Trauma Pro
SEPTEMBER 20, 2023
Until the last few years, massive transfusion in trauma consisted of component therapy, an admixture of packed red cells, plasma, and platelets. Whole blood transfusion is making inroads again, but it is used in a minority of centers. Of the three components, platelets have classically required different handling than the others. They are generally kept at room temperature, while the red cells and plasma are kept very cold to preserve their shelf life.