Cryoprecipitate is rich in factor VIII and von Willebrand's factor, so it is used for the treatment of hemophilia A and von Willebrand's disease; it can also be used as a topical hemostatic in surgery.
Protocol for use of cryoprecipitate
- Cryoprecipitate should be thawed in a 37°C water bath in a waterproof plastic bag. Do not thaw in the refrigerator!
- Cryoprecipitate must be administered with a standard in-line blood filter.
- The dose is 1 unit/10 kg.
- The dose can be repeated every 12 hours.