Effect of Pneumatic Tubing System Transport on Platelet Apheresis Units

Jevgenia Zilberman-Rudenko, Frank Z. Zhao, Stephanie E. Reitsma, Annachiara Mitrugno, Jiaqing Pang, Joseph J. Shatzel, Beth Rick, Christina Tyrrell, Wohaib Hasan, Owen J.T. McCarty, Martin A. Schreiber

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Platelet apheresis units are transfused into patients to mitigate or prevent bleeding. In a hospital, platelet apheresis units are transported from the transfusion service to the healthcare teams via two methods: a pneumatic tubing system (PTS) or ambulatory transport. Whether PTS transport affects the activity and utility of platelet apheresis units is unclear. We quantified the gravitational forces and transport time associated with PTS and ambulatory transport within our hospital. Washed platelets and supernatants were prepared from platelet apheresis units prior to transport as well as following ambulatory or PTS transport. For each group, we compared resting and agonist-induced platelet activity and platelet aggregate formation on collagen or von Willebrand factor (VWF) under shear, platelet VWF-receptor expression and VWF multimer levels. Subjection of platelet apheresis units to rapid acceleration/deceleration forces during PTS transport did not pre-activate platelets or their ability to activate in response to platelet agonists as compared to ambulatory transport. Platelets within platelet apheresis units transported via PTS retained their ability to adhere to surfaces of VWF and collagen under shear, although platelet aggregation on collagen and VWF was diminished as compared to ambulatory transport. VWF multimer levels and platelet GPIb receptor expression was unaffected by PTS transport as compared to ambulatory transport. Subjection of platelet apheresis units to PTS transport did not significantly affect the baseline or agonist-induced levels of platelet activation as compared to ambulatory transport. Our case study suggests that PTS transport may not significantly affect the hemostatic potential of platelets within platelet apheresis units.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-527
Number of pages13
JournalCardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 15 2018


  • Hemodynamics
  • Hemostasis
  • Platelet apheresis units
  • Platelet function
  • Pneumatic tubing system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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