American Society for Apheresis

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April 25, 2018

Do not routinely use plasma as replacement fluid for therapeutic plasma exchange unless there is a clear indication to replete a plasma component.

Plasma is a limited resource with added concern for potential transmission of infectious agents and transfusion reactions. Albumin is an effective replacement fluid for therapeutic plasma exchange and is a safe alternative to plasma when a pathogenic protein or solute is removed without the need to replete any plasma component.


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How The List Was Created

Recommendations were drafted by the ASFA Choosing Wisely Working Group, which consisted of nine society members from the major committees of ASFA. Guiding principles included a focus on frequent practices that should be questioned, are supported by evidence, free from harm, truly necessary and not duplicative of other procedures or tests. Nine draft statements were reviewed, rated and ranked, using a nominal group scoring approach, by 41 physician and allied health members representing a diverse cross-section of apheresis medicine practitioners and content experts. The top five draft recommendations, chosen by cumulative rating and ranking scores, were further refined before submission to the Board of Directors and the ABIM Foundation for external review. Recommendations were incorporated by the ASFA Choosing Wisely Working Group into the final list, which was ultimately approved by the Board of Directors for publication and distribution.

ASFA Choosing Wisely Working Group – (Committee representation)

Michael Linenberger, MD (Chair) – University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH (Research Committee) – Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Sarita Joshi, MD (Communications Committee) – Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Meghan Delaney, DO, MPH (Clinical Applications Committee) – Children’s National Health System
Christine Fernandez, RN, MSN/Ed, OCN (Allied Health Committee) – Consultant
Laura Connelly-Smith, MBBCh, DM (JCA Special Issue Committee) – University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Vishesh Chhibber, MD (Education Committee) – Northwell Health
Yvette Tanhehco, MD, PhD, MS (Apheresis Physicians Committee) – Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH (International Affairs Committee) – Vanderbilt University

Sources

Schwartz J, Padmanabhan A, Aqui N, Balogun RA, Connelly-Smith L, Delaney M, Dunbar NM, Witt V, Wu Y, Shaz BH. Guidelines on the Use of Therapeutic Apheresis in Clinical Practice-Evidence-Based Approach from the Writing Committee of the American Society for Apheresis: The Seventh Special Issue. J Clin Apher. 2016;31(3):149-338.

Yang L, Stanworth S, Hopewell S, et al. Is fresh-frozen plasma clinically effective? An update of a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Transfusion. 2012;52(8):1673-86.

Roback JD, Caldwell S, Carson J et al. Evidence-based practice guidelines for plasma transfusion. Transfusion. 2010;50(6):1227-39.