How do bacteria behave during platelet production?

What is this research about?

 

Platelets are important for controlling bleeding and healing wounds. Platelet transfusions can restore normal platelet levels in patients who have platelet disorders or who have undergone hemorrhaging or chemotherapy. One of the major problems in transfusion medicine is the bacterial contamination of platelet units, which causes transfusion reactions, sometimes with fatal outcomes. Bacteria that are normally found on the skin are the main contaminants.

 

In brief: This study shows how bacterial growth is affected by the buffy coat platelet production process.

 

Collected in May 2017

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