Hemostatic characteristics of thawed, pooled cryoprecipitate stored for 35 days at refrigerated and room temperatures

Joshua L. Fenderson, M. Adam Meledeo*, Matthew J. Rendo, Grantham C. Peltier, Colby S. McIntosh, Kenneth W. Davis, Jason B. Corley, Andrew P. Cap

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BACKGROUND: Cryoprecipitate's shelf life is limited due to concerns over decreased clotting factor activity and contamination with extended storage. Hemostatic characteristics of thawed cryoprecipitate stored up to 35 days at refrigerated and room temperatures were assessed. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Pooled cryoprecipitate was thawed and aliquoted for storage at 1–6°C or 21–24°C. Samples were tested immediately after thawing and at 4 h, 24 h, 72 h, and weekly for 35 days. At each time point fibrinogen, factor VIII (FVIII), and von Willebrand factor (vWF) were assessed. Thrombin generation and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) were also performed. Further, packed red cells, platelet concentrates, frozen plasma, and stored cryoprecipitate were combined (1:1:1:1) to simulate massive transfusion and analyzed by ROTEM. Day 35 samples were cultured for bacterial contamination. RESULTS: Precipitation was observed in refrigerated samples; however, these aggregates were easily resuspended upon warming in a 37°C water bath. No significant changes were observed in fibrinogen concentration or ROTEM at either temperature. FVIII and vWF declined significantly during storage. vWF, clot time, and thrombin generation were significantly better preserved with refrigeration. With simulated massive transfusion, fibrinogen function remained at or above the established range for whole blood at both storage temperatures. Bacterial contamination was not observed in cold stored or room temperature cryoprecipitate. CONCLUSION: The fibrinogen concentration and function of cryoprecipitate at extended storage durations are adequate for fibrinogen replacement in critical bleeding. These results support extension of the shelf life of cryoprecipitate when used for fibrinogen replacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1560-1567
Number of pages8
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


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