LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: The Use of Group A Plasma for Massive Transfusion

13 décembre, 2016 | 12:00 - 13:00 (EDT)


en anglais seulement


Debra Lane, MD FRCPC
Medical Officer-Winnipeg
Canadian Blood Services

Event objective(s):

  • Discuss the difficulty in providing AB plasma for Massive Transfusion
  • Summarize the articles where Group A plasma has been implemented
  • Discuss the feasibility of Implementing the use of Group A plasma for Massive Transfusion Protocols in Canada


  1. A possible new paradigm? A survey-based assessment of the use of thawed group A plasma for trauma resuscitation in the United States. Dunbar NM, Yazer MH; Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative.. Transfusion. 2016 Jan;56(1):125-9. doi: 10.1111/trf.13266. PMID: 26294248
  2. Emergency use of prethawed Group A plasma in trauma patients. Zielinski MD, Johnson PM, Jenkins D, Goussous N, Stubbs JR. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jan;74(1):69-74; discussion 74-5. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3182788f8e. Erratum in: J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Apr;74(4):1182. PMID: 23271079
  3. Multicenter comparison of emergency release group A versus AB plasma in blunt-injured trauma patients. Zielinski MD, Schrager JJ, Johnson P, Stubbs JR, Polites S, Zietlow SP, Jenkins DH, Robinson BR. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Feb;8(1):43-7. doi: 10.1111/cts.12206. PMID: 25200933 Free PMC Article
  4. Is group A thawed plasma suitable as the first option for emergency release transfusion? (CME). Chhibber V, Greene M, Vauthrin M, Bailey J, Weinstein R. Transfusion. 2014 Jul;54(7):1751-5; quiz 1750. doi: 10.1111/trf.12537. PMID: 24400951
  5. Are there any alternatives for transfusion of AB plasma as universal donor in an emergency release setting? Balvers K, Saleh S, Zeerleder SS, Klinkspoor JH, Goslings JC, Juffermans NP. Transfusion. 2016 Jun;56(6):1469-74. doi: 10.1111/trf.13527. PMID: 26919269

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