Blood Transfusion - 3 2015 (July - September)
A fatal case of post-transfusion sepsis caused by Yersinia enterocolitica after delivery
Authors:  Paola Frati, Francesco P. Busardò, Maria Antonietta Di Stefano, Margherita Neri, Francesco Sessa, Vittorio Fineschi
Pages:  528-531
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2015; 13: 528-31
Doi:  10.2450/2015.0209-14
Published online:  26/01/2015

In recent years there has been a progressive strengthening of the safeguards that protect patients from unsuitable blood products. Blood donors are asked several questions concerning possible risk factors that may affect the safety of the donated blood and are deferred from donation if some of them are acknowledged. Moreover, blood donations are tested for numerous infectious agents, which has led to a significant reduction of viral infections after blood transfusion1,2. However, bacterial sepsis remains a significant hazard f transfusion. Among all blood components, red blood cell preparations are the most used and they are more frequently infected by Gram-negative bacteria, primarily members of the Enterobacteriaceae family3-5. Yersinia enterocolitica (Y. enterocolitica) is not inhibited in the range of 2-6 °C, which is the storage temperature of red cell concentrates. This, in addition to the pH of preparation of red blood cell units (7.3), supports bacterial growth6. [...]
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