Enhancing Platelet Screening for Bacterial Contamination With Delayed Sampling
1 February 2019
(Duration : 1 hour 12 mins)
Dr. Sandra RAMIREZ-ARCOS
Development Scientist | Canadian Blood Services
Dr Ramirez-Arcos reviews an improved bacterial testing algorithm for platelets at Canadian Blood Services. Outcomes include improved sensitivity of the platelet concentrate screening protocol for bacterial contamination observed after implementation of the 7-day platelet concentrate shelf life, and increased detection of contaminated buffy coat pools and apheresis units by approximately 8x and 2.7x, respectively, mostly with anaerobic bacteria.