The paper describes a system for the collection of source plasma from voluntary donors at mobile sites. The following design criteria were developed: (1) easily transportable, durable, low weight (less than 35 lbs), (2) self-contained power source, (3) donor: phlebotomist ratio of at least 3:1, (4) collection of 500-600 ml of plasma in 30-45 minutes, (5) single needle, and (6) cost effective. The system described requires no pumps nor electric house current, uses a hollow fiber filtration module, and alternates between two major cycles: (1) collection of a unit of blood by gravity directly into a reservoir and (2) an assisted blood reinfusion through a membrane filter to the donor. Plasma is harvested only during the reinfusion cycle.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jul 1 1987|
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