The Platelet Supply Problem
Limited platelet supplies and increasing demand are putting patients and hospitals at risk1,2
Each day, hospitals around the US require an average of 7,000 platelet doses.3 Oftentimes, they struggle to meet this demand. Meanwhile, our rapidly aging population and enhanced transfusion safety requirements put a further strain on the available platelet supply.1,4
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