Run Time: 2 minutes
Author: Dylan Luyten M.D.
- For years it has been a widely accepted policy to give platelet transfusions to patients with ICH regardless of their antiplatelet medication history, but is it necessary?
- A study in Holland – Dylan’s people – looked at the effects of platelet transfusion in patients on antiplatelet drugs admitted for an ICH.
- The randomized trial evaluated standard care vs. standard care with platelet transfusion for ICH patients, not in a coma, who had taken an antiplatelet drug within the last week.
- If patients received platelets they had twice the risk of adverse events while in the hospital – MI, thrombotic events, allergic reaction, etc. So maybe platelets have more harm than benefit in this pt population.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/platelet-transfusion/