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Bacterial contamination of platelet concentrates stored at 20°C
  1. Margaret Cunningham,
  2. John D. Cash
  1. South-East Scotland Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh


    Qualitative and quantitative data on the bacterial contamination of 1000 platelet concentrates prepared and stored at 20°C are presented. Using cooked meat medium the incidence of contamination was 6·3%. However, nutrient agar platelet counts showed the concentration of bacteria to be low. The clinical significance of these results is discussed.

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