RED CELL CONCETRATE

(packed red cells)

It contains red blood cells with hardly any plasma, fewer leucocytes, and no citrate. It is in a form of 150-200 ml/unit, obtained from a single donation.

Indications

  • Red cell replacement in anaemic patients
  • In acute blood loss, together with crystalloid solution

Caution

  • Transfusion must be started within 30 minutes of removal from the refrigerator, and completed within 4 hours of starting
  • Storage is 2-6°C in approved blood bank refrigerator with temperature charts and alarm