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How we manage AB plasma inventory in the blood center and transfusion service
Article first published online: 25 APR 2013
© 2013 American Association of Blood Banks
Volume 53, Issue 8, pages 1627–1633, August 2013
How to Cite
Yazer, M., Eder, A. F. and Land, K. J. (2013), How we manage AB plasma inventory in the blood center and transfusion service. Transfusion, 53: 1627–1633. doi: 10.1111/trf.12223
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 12 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 12 FEB 2013
The growing use of group AB plasma in the United States in recent years poses unique challenges to blood centers and transfusion services. Blood centers must collect sufficient plasma components from a limited pool of group AB donors while taking steps to improve transfusion safety that further restricts the available supply. Transfusion services, on the other hand, must use the finite resource in the most conscientious and medically appropriate manner. Recently, many investigations have challenged long-held beliefs about transfusion practice and appropriate indications for blood components across a variety of specialties. Balancing supply and demand of group AB plasma requires collaboration between blood suppliers and transfusion services, and opportunities for improvement exist on both sides of the equation.