AABB Temperature Standards 2016: Storage and Transport

AABB Temperature Standards 2016

Blood Products by Temperature Group: Storage and Transport

Reference: “AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services,” 30th Edition – Effective April 1, 2016

Group I Temperatures

Whole Blood

1°-6° C

1°-10° C

Whole Blood, Irradiated
RBCs (Red Blood Cells)
RBCs, Deglycerolized
RBCs, Irradiated
RBCs, Leukocytes Reduced
RBCs, Rejuvenated
RBCs, Deglycerolized Rejuvenated
RBCs, Washed
RBCs, Apheresis
RBCs, Apheresis Leukocytes Reduced
Plasma, Fresh Frozen Plasma FFP (after thawing)
Plasma, Frozen Within 24 Hours After Phlebotomy (after thawing)
Plasma, Thawed
Plasma, Cryoprecipitate Reduced (after thawing)
Plasma, Liquid

Group II Temperatures

Storage Transport

20°-24° C

continuous gentle agitation

20°-24° C

Platelets, Irradiated
Platelets, Leukocytes Reduced
Platelets, Pooled Leukocytes Reduced
Platelets, Pooled (or open system)
Platelets, Apheresis
Platelets, Apheresis Irradiated
Platelets, Apheresis Leukocytes Reduced
Apheresis Granulocytes

20°-24° C

20°-24° C

Apheresis Granulocytes Irradiated
AHF, Cryoprecipitated
AHF, Thawed Cryprecipitated
AHF, Plasma Thawed Cryoprecipitated

Group III Temperatures

AHF, Plasma Cryoprecipated

≤ -18° C

Maintain frozen state

AHF Pooled Cryoprecipitated (before freezing)
Plasma, Frozen Within 24 Hours After Phlebotomy
Plasma, Cryoprecipitate Reduced
FFP – Plasma, Fresh Frozen

≤ -18° C or ≤ -65° C

≤ -18° C or ≤ -65° C