Current Issues in Platelet Transfusion Therapy and Platelet Alloimmunity

Covers basic issues related to the correct dose, transfusion trigger, target platelet count, and expected response to platelet transfusion. Kickler (Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine) and Herman (Temple U. School of Medicine) present 11 contributions that summarize particular areas and include both key historical developments, the most recent synthesis of transfusion medicine information, and practical application to clinical decisions. Topics include identifying and treating platelet refractoriness, preventing alloimmunization, providing alternatives to platelet transfusion, addressing matched platelet support, and issues relating specifically to both pediatric and neonatal populations. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR