Proper storage of whole blood and blood components is essential.

  • Red blood cells must be stored under refrigeration and can be kept for a maximum of 42 days or frozen for up to 10 years.
  • Platelets can be stored at room temperature for a maximum of 5 days.
  • Fresh frozen plasma can be kept frozen for up to 1 year.
  • Cryoprecipitate AHF made from fresh frozen plasma can be stored frozen for up to 1 year.
  • Granulocytes (white blood cells) must be transfused within 24 hours of donation. 
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