Platelet concentrate transport in pneumatic tube systems - does it work?

M. D. Lance*, M. A. E. Marcus, R. van Oerle, H. M. S. Theunissen, Y. M. C. Henskens

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Blood sample transport via pneumatic tube systems (PTS) reduces the turnaround time of laboratories, but it might influence analysis results. Its effect on platelet concentrates (PCs) is not known. Platelet function was investigated after single and multiple PTS transport in comparison with storage and irradiation. Optical and impedance aggregation, CD-62, and microparticles changed as a result of storage, but not due to transport. Irradiation lowered platelet function independently. Multiple transport impaired thrombin receptor-activating peptide-induced aggregation. This investigation demonstrates the feasibility of PTS transport. As platelet function depends on storage, it may be more important to transfuse fresh PCs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-82
JournalVox Sanguinis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • blood product quality
  • platelet monitoring
  • platelet transfusion
  • pneumatic tube system

Cite this