Plasma Protein Fraction
Class: Blood Derivatives
ATC Class: B05AA
VA Class: BL500
CAS Number: 55963-80-9
Medically reviewed on August 1, 2017
Protein colloid; sterile solution of selected proteins prepared from pooled human plasma.104
Uses for Plasma Protein Fraction
Fluid Resuscitation (Shock)
Used for plasma volume expansion in the treatment of certain types of shock, including shock resulting from burns, crushing injuries, abdominal emergencies, or any other cause where there is a predominant loss of plasma fluids and not RBCs.104
Adequate replacement for human plasma in the treatment of shock and suitable means of providing human proteins for their osmotic effect;104 however, albumin solutions may be preferable because they contain a greater percentage of albumin and, since they are more purified, are less likely to cause hypotensive reactions.a (See Hypotension under Cautions.)
Initial therapy in infants and small children for shock resulting from dehydration and infection.104
Plasma Protein Fraction Dosage and Administration
Administer by IV infusion, preferably at a site at some distance from any site of infection or trauma.104
Swab the rubber stopper on vial with iodine tincture followed by a sterile antiseptic swab.104 Insert a 16-gauge needle or dispensing pin perpendicular to the stopper in the area delineated by a raised ring.104
Does not contain preservatives; discard any partially used vials.104
Do not mix with protein hydrolysates or solutions containing alcohol.104
To minimize administration errors, consult the manufacturer’s administration instructions for proper use.104
Rate of Administration
Adjust rate of infusion according to the clinical response of the patient and changes in BP.104
For hypovolemic shock in infants and young children: Infusion at a rate of up to 5–10 mL/minute has been suggested.a
Dosage depends on the patient’s condition and response to therapy.104
Fluid Resuscitation (Shock)
Fluid Resuscitation (Shock)
Fluid Resuscitation (Shock)
Do not exceed 5–8 mL/minute.a
No special population dosage recommendations at this time.104
Cautions for Plasma Protein Fraction
Cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.104 (See Hypotension under Cautions.)
Increased blood volume.104
Risk of Transmissible Agents in Plasma-derived Preparations
Potential vehicle for transmission of human viruses, including hepatitis virus, or other infectious agents.104
Despite screening for certain viruses (e.g., human immunodeficiency virus [HIV], hepatitis B virus [HBV], hepatitis C virus [HCV]) and a pasteurization procedure to reduce viral infectious potential associated with plasma protein fraction (PPF), a risk for transmission of infectious agents still remains.a
Transmission of nonenveloped viruses, including hepatitis HAV and parvovirus B19, has been documented following administration of plasma-derived coagulation factors.105
Report any suspected PPF-associated infections to the manufacturer.104
Risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
There have been 3 probable cases of vCJD acquired through transfusion of human RBCs,117 although, transmission via human plasma derivatives (including plasma-derived albumin) has not been documented to date.106 107 108
Risk of West Nile Virus
Evidence exists that West Nile Virus (WNV) can be transmitted in transplanted organs (e.g., heart, liver, kidney) and blood products (e.g., whole blood, packed RBCs, fresh frozen plasma).110 111 113 114 However, WNV transmission unlikely through commercially available plasma-derived preparations since WNV is an enveloped virus, like HCV, which is known to be inactivated by the heat and solvent/detergent viral inactivation procedures used in the manufacture of these preparations.111 112
Rapid infusion may cause vascular overload.a
Observe all patients (especially those with normal or increased circulatory volumes) for signs of hypervolemia, including dyspnea, fluid in the lungs, pulmonary edema, cardiac failure, or abnormal increases in BP or central venous pressure.a
Hypotension may occur, especially following rapid IV infusion (i.e., at rates >10 mL/minute) in patients undergoing surgery or in the pre- or postoperative period or during intra-arterial administration in patients on cardiopulmonary bypass.104 Monitor BP during administration; slow or stop the infusion if sudden hypotension occurs.104 BP may return to normal spontaneously following slowing or discontinuance of the infusion; vasopressors also may be used to correct hypotension.104
Commercially available PPF contains approximately 145 mEq of sodium per liter.104
Trauma or Surgery Risk
Rapid rise in BP accompanying administration of PPF following injuries or surgery may reveal bleeding points that were not apparent at the lower BP; observe patient carefully to prevent hemorrhage and subsequent shock.a
Does not contain coagulation factors and, therefore, cannot be used to correct coagulation disorders.104 Contains trace amounts of blood groups A and B isohemagglutins; however, these are at such low concentrations that use of PPF should have no effect on routine blood typing procedures.104
Manufacturer states that safety and efficacy not established in pediatric patients; however, protein colloid has been found to be very useful in infants and small children for initial treatment of shock resulting from dehydration and infection.104
Use with caution in patients with hepatic failure because of added protein, fluid, and sodium load.a
Use with caution in patients with renal failure because of added protein, fluid, and sodium load.a
Common Adverse Effects
Plasma Protein Fraction Pharmacokinetics
Following IV administration, increased blood volume may last up to 48 hours.104
Solution for Injection
Do not use solutions that appear turbid.104
Do not start administration if >4 hours have elapsed since the container was first entered.104
Do not use solutions that have been frozen, since the container may crack and permit contamination of the contents.104
Pharmacologic properties of PPF are similar to those of its primary constituent, albumin.a
Replacement for human plasma in the treatment of shock.104
IV administration of PPF results in an increased blood volume.104
Causes a shift of fluid from the interstitial spaces into the circulation and a slight increase in the concentration of plasma protein.a
Advice to Patients
Potential risk of transmission of infectious agents (e.g., human viruses).104
Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs as well as any concomitant illnesses.104
Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant.104
Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.104 (See Cautions.)
Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.
Please refer to the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center for information on shortages of one or more of these preparations.
Injection, for IV infusion
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