Comparison of bacterial attachment to platelet bags with and without preconditioning with plasma Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Background and ObjectivesCanadian Blood Services produces apheresis and buffy coat pooled platelet concentrates (PCs) stored in bags produced by two different manufacturers (A and B, respectively), both made of polyvinyl chloride‐butyryl trihexyl citrate. This study was aimed at comparing Staphylococcus epidermidis adhesion to the inner surface of both bag types in the presence or absence of plasma factors.Materials and MethodsSets (N = 2–6) of bags type A and B were left non‐coated (control) or preconditioned with platelet‐rich, platelet‐poor or defibrinated plasma (PRP, PPP and DefibPPP, respectively). Each bag was inoculated with a 200‐ml S. epidermidis culture adjusted to 0·5 colony‐forming units/ml. Bags were incubated under platelet storage conditions for 7 days. After culture removal, bacteria attached to the plastic surface were either dislodged by sonication for bacterial quantification or examined in situ by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).ResultsHigher bacterial adhesion was observed to preconditioned PC bags than control containers for both bag types (P < 0·0001). Bacterial attachment to preconditioned bags was confirmed by SEM. Bacteria adhered equally to both types of containers in the presence of PRP, PPP and DefibPPP residues (P > 0·05). By contrast, a significant increase in bacterial adherence was observed to type A bags compared with type B bags in the absence of plasma (P < 0·05) [Correction added on 16 June 2017, after first online publication: this sentence has been corrected].ConclusionThe ability of S. epidermidis to adhere to preconditioned platelet collection bags depends on the presence of plasma factors. Future efforts should be focused on reducing plasma proteins' attachment to platelet storage containers to decrease subsequent bacterial adhesion.


  • Loza‐Correa, M
  • Kalab, M
  • Yi, Q‐L
  • Eltringham‐Smith, LJ
  • Sheffield, William
  • Ramirez‐Arcos, S

publication date

  • July 2017