Platelets should be stored at room temperature (20-22°C) in a platelet agitator until infused. Helps to retain function. Use before expiry date on pack.

• Platelet packs should be inspected before infusion—platelet packs that look visibly pink due to RBC contamination should not be used.

- Occasionally fine fibrinoid strands may be seen in concentrates (give a slightly stringy or cloudy appearance). Such strands disperse with gentle massage and are safe to use.

- Occasionally larger aggregates of platelets and/or white cell clumps are seen in the bags which do not disperse with gentle massage. Such bags are dangerous and should never be infused.

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