Bacterial Contamination in Platelets Stored at Ambient Temperature
For many years blood products were stored at refrigerator temperatures in order to maintain cell quality and to prevent the growth of any bacteria introduced inadvertently into blood during the phlebotomy procedure. With the advent of integrally connected multiple plastic container systems, preparation of components such as plasma, red cells and platelets became feasible on a large scale. Platelet transfusion has played a major role in the supportive treatment of patients with thrombocytopenia and has permitted more aggressive attempts at the control/eradication of malignancy through the use of chemo- and radiotherapy.
KeywordsBacterial Contamination Inoculum Size Platelet Transfusion Serratia Marcescens Blood Agar Plate
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