Platelet apheresis in a deployed maritime environment: experiences from Operation GRITROCK

Mark Andrew Robinson, M. J. Bailey

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When the Primary Casualty Receiving Facility (PCRF) on Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ARGUS deployed to Operation GRITROCK in October 2014, platelet apheresis had yet to be proven as a sustainable and usable capability for improving provision of blood products on a maritime platform. This paper explores the difficulties encountered by nurses tasked with setting up this capability once deployed and the requirements needed to ensure that this capability is maintained for future operations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Royal Naval Medical Service
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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