Automation in Apheresis
The concept of apheresis has existed now for over 40 years. In the beginning, the means to carry out apheresis was quite impractical and, therefore, the concept did not evolve quickly. One major limitation was that the separation chambers used for apheresis were very expensive to purchase and complicated to sterilize for reuse. In the 1960’s, the science evolved for molding complex parts with relatively inexpensive plastic materials. This science applied to apheresis allowed manufacturers to greatly diminish the cost of the separator and eventually make it low enough to be a true disposable. Thus, apheresis became practiced by a much larger group of investigators and because of this, applications grew.
KeywordsPlasma Flow Blood Flow Rate Separation Zone Slug Flow Transmembrane Pressure
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