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Beyond the big switch

The Issue

Beyond the big switch: Research improves manufacturing and deepens understanding of “what’s in the bag”

When Canadian Blood Services switched from manual “platelet-rich plasma” production to semi-automated “buffy-coat” platelet production, an organization-wide research effort concluded that components produced by the new method were as least as good as those produced by the old. In 2010, the new method was implemented at all Canadian Blood Services sites, but efforts to optimize the new manufacturing process were just beginning.

The Evidence

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