CDC Urges Healthcare Processionals to Be Alert for Sepsis in Patients Following Platelet Transfusion

Published: 01/06/2023

  • Food and Drug Administration,
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Relevant To:
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers,
  • Urgent Care,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Office-Based Surgery

According to a new alert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. blood supply is safer than it has ever been. However, a small risk of sepsis after transfusion remains. A joint CDC/FDA investigation has identified 7 linked cases of sepsis after transfusion from bacterially contaminated platelet blood products since 2018.

The FDA released a safety communication describing the investigation and provided additional information for blood establishments and transfusi

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