Author(s): Palavecino EL, Yomtovian RA, Jacobs MR, Palavecino EL, Yomtovian RA, Jacobs MR
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Abstract Bacterial contamination of platelet products, both single donor apheresis platelet units and whole blood-derived platelet pools, continues to occur despite preventive measures. While some advances have been made in decreasing the rate of bacterial contamination of platelet units, particularly through diversion methods and early culture, a great deal remains to be done to eliminate the problem. Diversion methods have decreased contamination rates associated with skin commensal organisms. Culture methods are now widely used and many at-issue detection methods have been developed or are undergoing development. This article reviews the current developments and the challenges that remain to minimize and detect bacterial contamination of platelet products. (c) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Transfus Apher Sci
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion