Platelets form a small fraction of the total blood volume.  Platelet transfusions help prevent or treat bleeding due to platelet deficiency or dysfunction. The Canadian Blood Services collects and prepares platelet concentrates for transfusion in Canada.

The Transfusion Medicine Advisory Group (TMAG) has developed the following recommendations related to platelet transfusion:


Irradiation of Blood Components - Section 6.2 of the TM Medical Policy Manual

Note: this section is under review to align with the most recent NAC Recommendations

 March 2015
Transfusion of Platelets to Adults Dec 2019