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A case of Staphylococcus aureus septicaemia following platelet transfusion

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela Galloway


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Platelet transfusions have the highest incidence of post-transfusion sepsis compared with any other blood products. 1 Recent reports suggest that platelet-related bacteraemia occurs at a frequency of approximately 50 times greater than that for red blood cells. 2 The source is usually skin contaminants from the donor and several organisms have been implicated, the commonest of which are coagulase-negative staphylococci. This report describes a case of serious Staphylococcus aureus sepsis following platelet transfusion, and discusses relevant methods to detect and prevent bacterial contamination of blood products.

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Author(s): Coutinho H, Galloway A, Ajdukiewicz K, Cleeve V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2010

Volume: 63

Issue: 3

Pages: 262-263

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic): 1472-4146

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.2007.050492


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