25 October 2019 (Friday) - Freeze-Dried Platelets?



The Transfusion News” update arrived today. There’s no denying that quite a bit of this CPD stuff is document isn’t that applicable to my daily round, but here’s something that is.
Thrombosomes – freeze-dried platelets.

At the moment platelet transfusions are (as my grandson would say) “a pain in the glass”. Medically vital, but with a shelf-life of five days getting platelets from donor, getting them tested, shipped to the hospitals, then issued can be something of a race.   
Freeze-dried platelets would be good for up to three years.
I wonder how long it will be before these things are in common use?

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