CMV Prophylaxis Policy

I developed this policy for HMC Doha where most of the local population are CMV-seropositive. Note that I used the CE definition of <1E6 instead of the American <5E6.


Since most of the local population (>90%) are CMV-seropositive, it is impractical to rely on CMV-negative donors as our basis for CMV prophylaxis.  Instead, we perform universal leukodepletion and pathogen-inactivation to greatly reduce this risk:

  1. CMV transmission risk can be lowered to a level comparable to using CMV-seronegative components by universal leukodepletion to levels <1E6.
  2. Pathogen inactivation greatly reduces (at least 2 log10) the number of organisms with nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) and is used for all platelet (pools and apheresis) and plasma components.
  3. Platelet additive solution reduces the amount of original plasma to about 35 ml and further reduces donor exposure to foreign material.


  1. All blood components (platelets, plasma, RBCs) are universally leukodepleted to residual levels below 1E6.
  2. All platelet and plasma components are pathogen-inactivated using the Mirasol system (riboflavin added and then exposed to ultraviolet light).
  3. All platelet components (pooled buffy coat and apheresis) are prepared in platelet additive solution PAS.


  1. Technical Manual, AABB, Current Edition, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  2. Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, Current Edition, AABB, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  3. Guidelines to the Preparation, Use, and Quality Assurance of Blood Components, European Committee (Partial Agreement) on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS), Current Edition