• Gabriela Bittencourt Gonzalez Mosegui, P Community Health Institute (Instituto de Saúde da Comunidade), Fluminense Federal University (Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF), Brazil
  • Cid Manso De Mello Vianna
  • Frances ValÉria Costa E Silva
  • Marcus Paulo Da Silva Rodrigues
  • Ricardo R. A. Fernandes
  • Paula Medeiros Do Valle
  • Tayna Felicissimo G. De Souza Bandeira


Blood Platelets, Platelet Transfusion, Platelet Transfusionmethods*, Riboflavin, Ultraviolet Rays, Photosensitizing Agents, Platelet Transfusionadverse effects


Objective: In the Brazilian public health system, sterile filtration is often used to prevent infections associated with platelet transfusion. The literature addressing this issue indicates that pathogen inactivation could be incorporated as an alternative to the development of individual tests and blood donor selection. The objective was to assess whether the use of platelets submitted to pathogen inactivation by photochemical methods could decrease the incidence of post-transfusion infections by viruses, bacteria or other pathogens compared to the use of platelet concentrate or platelets extracted by apheresis without photochemical treatment.

Methods: A literature review from 1998 to 2015 was conducted. The scientific literature was surveyed using six electronic databases, two Internet search tools and a manual search of references, using specific search strategies for each database. The selected studies were assessed for quality according to a specific methodology. Data analysis was performed by observations made from the efficacy of the methods.

Results: From a detailed analysis of 426 articles retrieved, 10 articles were selected for this review. Among the selected studies, seven studies were clinical trials, and three studies were systematic reviews in combination with meta-analysis. The outcomes analyzed included the reduction of the residual risk in pathogen transmission, mortality, occurrence of hemorrhagic events, corrected count increment (CCI) after 1 h, CCI after 24 h, and transfusion reactions.

Conclusion: Differences were found in the quality of the included studies. Systematic reviews conducted on this topic, in alliance with political, social and administrative factors, will aid decision makers regarding its incorporation into the Brazilian Health System.

Keywords: Blood Platelets, Platelet Transfusion, Platelet Transfusion/methods*, Riboflavin, Ultraviolet Rays, Photosensitizing Agents, Platelet Transfusion/adverse effects


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Mosegui, P, G. B. G., C. M. D. M. Vianna, F. V. Costa E Silva, M. P. D. Silva Rodrigues, R. R. A. Fernandes, P. M. Do Valle, and T. F. G. De Souza Bandeira. “METHODS AIMED AT REDUCING THE RESIDUAL RISK OF PATHOGEN TRANSMISSION DURING PLATELET TRANSFUSION: A LITERATURE REVIEW”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 8, no. 7, July 2016, pp. 322-9,



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