(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.
- Red cell replacement in anaemic patients
- In acute blood loss, together with crystalloid solution
- 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