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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-27

Coagulation parameters as a guide for fresh frozen plasma transfusion practice: A tertiary hospital experience


Department of Hematology, Health Campus, Universiti Sains of Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia

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W M Wan Haslindawani
Department of Hematology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains, 16150 Kota Bharu
Malaysia
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6247.59387

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Introduction: The appropriate use of blood and blood products means the transfusion of safe blood products only to treat a condition leading to significant morbidity or mortality, which cannot be prevented or managed effectively by other means. The safety and effectiveness of transfusion depend on the appropriate clinical use of blood and blood products. This study was conducted to review the practice of fresh frozen plasma usage (FFP) for transfusion, based on the coagulation profile, requested by various departments in the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM). Methodology: A retrospective review of blood bank records and coagulation profile results of the patients given FFP from October to December 2006, in Hospital USM was undertaken. The criteria set by the College of American Pathologists in 1994, were used as the guidelines. Results: One thousand six hundred and ninety-eight units of FFP were used during this study period. Only 806 (47.47%) FFP units were deemed appropriate. 20.38% were based on studies without any coagulation tests prior to transfusion and 21.13% were transfused for mild prolongation of coagulation test results. About 6.41% requested FFP in the setting of normal coagulation results. Conclusion: Our results showed that a significant proportion of the FFP transfusion was not guided by the coagulation profile. We recommend that a continuous education on FFP transfusion may help to guide the appropriate request for FFP.


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