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Michele Herman

Anticoagulant Volumes For Divided Apheresis Products

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Our facility is struggling with how to deal with anticoagulant volumes when preparing neonatal aliquots from apheresis products.  Are any facilities performing manual calculations for this?  Does your LIS software perform the calculation?

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I would recommend a manual calculation, which should be fairly easy to do. 


Aliquot Anticoagulant = (Aliquot volume/Original product volume) x Original Anticoagulant Volume



So if making a 20 mL aliquot from an original product containint 200 mL and 15 mL anticoagulant:


Aliquot Anticoagulant = (20/200) x 15 = 1.5 mL



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