Pathogen-Reduced Platelets for the Prevention of Bleeding in People of Any Age

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Abstract

Clinical Question

Are pathogen-reduced platelets as effective as standard platelets for the prevention of bleeding in people of any age requiring platelet transfusions?

Bottom Line

In people with cancer who have a low platelet count due to their disease or its treatment, pathogen-reduced platelet transfusions increase risk of platelet refractoriness and platelet transfusion requirement (high-quality evidence) but probably do not effect all-cause mortality, risk of clinically significant or severe bleeding, or risk of a serious adverse event (moderate-quality evidence). There was insufficient evidence for people with other diagnoses.

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