Title

Guidelines on the use of therapeutic apheresis in clinical practice--evidence-based approach from the Apheresis Applications Committee of the American Society for Apheresis.

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Transfusion Medicine

Date

6-3-2010

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Blood Component Removal; Evidence-Based Practice; Practice Guideline; Plasma Exchange; Leukapheresis; Photopheresis

Disciplines

Hemic and Immune Systems | Other Medical Specialties

Abstract

The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) Apheresis Applications Committee is charged with a review and categorization of indications for therapeutic apheresis. Beginning with the 2007 ASFA Special Issue (fourth edition), the subcommittee has incorporated systematic review and evidence-based approach in the grading and categorization of indications. This Fifth ASFA Special Issue has further improved the process of using evidence-based medicine in the recommendations by refining the category definitions and by adding a grade of recommendation based on widely accepted GRADE system. The concept of a fact sheet was introduced in the Fourth edition and is only slightly modified in this current edition. The fact sheet succinctly summarizes the evidence for the use of therapeutic apheresis. The article consists of 59 fact sheets devoted to each disease entity currently categorized by the ASFA as category I through III. Category IV indications are also listed.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Clin Apher. 2010;25(3):83-177.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

20568098