Strategies to reduce inappropriate use of platelet transfusions

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Platelets are expensive and their use is increasing, so the question of their supply is becoming an issue. In some instances platelet transfusions are administered unnecessarily, wasting a precious resource. This article explores ways of making sure platelets are used appropriately. It covers the most basic methods, such as respecting the indications for use and following transfusion procedures, to newer and moreinnovative strategies, such as applying the principles of patient blood management, using indication codes or sharing stocks.

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• The main indications for platelet transfusion

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• Correct procedures in the platelet transfusion process

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• Practical tips and strategies to avoid wasting platelets

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