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Whole Blood is not available from all Blood Service centres and requires specific request.
This is a unit of blood collected into an anticoagulant and filtered to remove most leucocytes.
It contains the red cells, platelets and plasma component of donor blood.
Only whole blood stored for less than 24 hours at 20–24 ºC can be considered a clinical source of viable platelets or therapeutic levels of labile coagulation Factors V and VIII.
Specifications of Whole Blood Fresh Unrefrigerated Leucocyte Depleted
|Volume||450 mL ± 10%|
|Haemoglobin||> 45 g/unit|
|Haemolysis (at expiry)||< 0.8%|
|Platelet count||> 60 x 109 per unit|
||< 1 x 106 per unit|