Pampee P. Young, Jan Ehrhart, David Mair – “Rural hospitals and access to platelets for treating active bleeding: Is the heartland bleeding?”

Rural hospitals and access to platelets for treating active bleeding: Is the heartland bleeding?

Pampee P. Young, Jan Ehrhart, David Mair

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Federal mandates may constrain platelet availability even more4,9

The safety of platelet transfusions is critical, and recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates on bacterial risk mitigation require platelet collections to undergo proactive safety protocols, such as large volume delayed sampling or pathogen reduction. Platelet volume loss due to methods such as these may further erode the platelet supply.4,9