Episode 7 – Blood Products

Episode Overview:

  1. Describe the 3 categories of blood antigens
  2. Who is the universal donor and why?
  3. Define massive transfusion
  4. List 5 physiologic complications of massive transfusion
  5. What are the indications for the administration of: pRBCs /  FFP / Platelets** / Cryoprecipitate
  6. List 6 complications of blood transfusions and their management


  1. What are the components of octaplex? When is it indicated?
  2. What is FEIBA?
  3. List the three types of plasma that are available from the blood bank?
  4. What are the absolute and off-label uses for recombinant factor VII?
  5. Which products are most likely to result in sepsis?
  6. What is a hyperhemolytic crisis?

Episode 7 Show Notes*

*Blood type image credit:  wikipedia.org

**Other sources state that the platelet threshold prior to lumbar puncture is >50 x 10^9/L**

3 thoughts on “Episode 7 – Blood Products”

  1. Hi. I am really enjoying your podcasts. But surely the products most likely to result in sepsis are platelets not plasma, as they are stored at 20-22 degrees, and plasma is kept frozen. Please clarify.

    1. That is correct, platelets are the highest offending agents for bacterial contamination due to pooled nature and storage at room air.

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