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BACKGROUND: Bacterial screening offers the possibility of extending platelet (PLT) storage to Day 7. We conducted a noninferiority, crossover trial comparing PLTs stored for 6 or 7 days versus 2 to 5 days. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Stable hematology patients were allocated to receive blocks of 2- to 5- and 6- or 7-day PLTs in random order. The primary outcome was the proportion of successful transfusions during the first block, defined as a corrected count increment (CCI) of more than 4.5 at 8 to 24 hours posttransfusion. RESULTS: Of 122 patients with an evaluable first block, 87 (71%) and 84 (69%) had successful transfusions after 2- to 5- and 6- or 7-day PLTs of mean (SD) ages of 3.8 (1.0) and 6.4 (0.5) days, respectively. Six- or 7-day PLTs were declared noninferior to 2- to 5-day PLTs since the upper confidence interval (CI) limit was less than the predefined noninferiority margin of 10% (95% CI, -14.0% to 9.1%; p = 0.766). Logistic regression analysis gave an adjusted odds ratio of 0.86 (95% CI, 0.47-1.58; p = 0.625). Mean (SD) 8- to 24-hour CCIs were 9.4 (7.9) and 7.7 (7.1) after transfusion with 2- to 5- or 6- or 7-day PLTs (95% CI, -3.31 to 0.03; p = 0.054). The proportions of days with bleeding scores of WHO Grade 2 or higher were 13% (38/297 days) and 11% (32/296 days; 95% CI, -3.2 to 7.2; p = 0.454). Median interval to next PLT transfusion (2 days) was unaffected (95% CI, -10.5 to 5.4; p = 0.531). CONCLUSION: In hematology patients, there was no evidence that 6- or 7-day PLTs were inferior to 2- to 5-day PLTs, as measured by proportion of patients with successful transfusions, bleeding events, or interval to next transfusion.

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1856 - 1865


Adult, Aged, Bacteremia, Blood, Blood Preservation, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cross-Over Studies, Equipment Contamination, Female, Hemorrhage, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Platelet Transfusion, Severity of Illness Index, Thrombocytopenia, Time Factors, Treatment Outcome