Update notice: This is a new component following the issue of Change Notification 7 - 2010
8.32 Granulocytes, Pooled, Buffy Coat Derived, in Platelet Additive Solution and Plasma
A pool of granulocytes, derived from buffy coats, with retention of neutrophils as the major cellular product, suspended in a portion of the plasma and platelet additive solution.
The component contains red cells and requires compatibility testing
The component contains 2.0 adult transfusion doses (ATDs) of platelets and additional platelet transfusion is therefore unlikely to be required
The component must not be agitated during storage.
The component must be irradiated before use.
Granulocytes should be transfused through a 170–200 µm filter.
Labelling (for general guidelines see Section 7.5)
The following shall be included on the label:(* = in eye readable and UKBTS approved barcode format.)
Granulocytes, Pooled in Platelet Additive Solution and Plasma* and volume
the blood component producer's name*
a unique pool or batch number or the donation number of all contributing units*
the ABO group*
the RhD group stated as positive or negative*
the date of collection
the expiry date and time*
the temperature of storage
the statement 'Do not agitate'
the blood pack lot number*
the name, composition and volume of the platelet additive solution.
In addition, the following statements should be made:
Always check patient/component compatibility/identity
Inspect pack and contents for signs of deterioration or damage
Risk of adverse reaction/infection
Storage (for general guidelines see Section 7.6)
Granulocytes should be used as soon as possible after their preparation. If storage is unavoidable, the component should be stored, without agitation, at a core temperature of 22°C± 2°C and used by midnight on day one (the day following donation). Plastic overwraps should be removed prior to storage.
In addition to the mandatory and other tests required for blood donations described in Chapter 10, all components tested for the parameters shown in Table 8.30 shall meet the specified values.
Table 8.32 Granulocytes in Additive Solution and Plasma additional tests
|Parameter||Frequency of test||Specification|
| Volume|| 10 per month or, if made less frequently, every component|| 175–250 mL*|
| Neutrophil count|| ||>5 x 109/unit*|
* based on production from 10 whole blood donations.
Transportation (for general guidelines see Section 7.10)
Containers for transporting granulocytes should be equilibrated at room temperature before use. During transportation the temperature of the component must be kept as close as possible to the recommended storage temperature and on receipt, unless intended for immediate therapeutic use, the component should be transferred to storage at a core temperature of 22°C±2°C without agitation.
- This product is not leucodepleted and must be irradiated before use
A clinical study has been undertaken in 30 human patients using this component. Leucocyte antibody formation occured at a rate similar to historic multiply transfused controls (Massey E – personal communication – 4 of 29 patients assessed).
- Bashir S, Stanworth S, Massey E et al. Neutrophil function is preserved in a pooled granulocyte
component prepared from whole blood donations. Br J Haematol 2008;140: 701-11.
- Recommended dose for adults is
1-2 packs daily and 10-20 ml/kg for a child.
- The residual 2.0 ATD of platelets and small volume of residual red
cells should be taken into account when considering a recipient's blood component requirements.