Automated platelet collection using the latest apheresis devices in an Indian setting

Prashant Agarwal, Anupam Verma

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In a developing nation like India where there is a scarcity of resources and voluntary donors, provision of safe and good quality blood and its components is a huge challenge. The demand for platelets is increasing constantly due to better management of various patient categories, specifically hemato-oncological cases, where there is an increased demand of platelet transfusion. The use of apheresis single donor platelets (SDPs) has been attributed to increased gap between demand and supply of whole blood derived random donor platelets (RDPs). Moreover, the other benefits of SDPs such as decreased donor exposure and simplification of inventory management cannot be overlooked. However, the increased costs and logistic problems, compounded by the lack of awareness, limit the donor recruitment and procedures for SDPs. In Indian scenario, there are no specific guidelines or standards available which can be followed, while simultaneously addressing the associated problems. In this review, we have tried to analyze the various problems of donor selection, donor safety and the quality issues regarding plateletpheresis. Based on this we have tried to give certain recommendations which might help the centers in resolving the problems related to plateletpheresis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-138
Number of pages4
JournalTransfusion and Apheresis Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


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