Aka. Cryo


  • Fractionated plasma product consisting of Fibrinogen (Factor I), von Willebrand Factor, Factor VIII, and small amounts of Factor XIII and Fibronectin


  1. Congenital or acquired hypo- or afibrinogenaemia
  2. In a bleeding patient, with fibrinogen level less than 1.5 g/L (2.0 g/L in obstetric haemorrhage or cardiothoracic haemorrhage)
  3. Because the ROTEM/TEG algorithm told you to give it


  • Intravenous (IV)
  • Adults:
    • 1 unit per 5-10 kg of body weight should increase fibrinogen level by 0.5-1.0 g/L
    • Typical adult dose is 10 units, approximately equivalent to 3-4 g of fibrinogen
  • Children (from RCH guidelines):
    • 5 – 10 mL/kg
    • Administer at 10 – 20 mL/kg/h
  • Administration:
    • Mix thoroughly by inversion prior to use and transfuse through a blood administration set incorporating a standard 170-200 µm filter (most pump sets include a 200 µm filter)
    • Administer units as fast as you need to (except in paediatrics)
    • Units must be used within four hours after removal from storage
    • Do not administer amongst other blood products, flush with 0.9% sodium chloride
  • The half-life of fibrinogen is 3-5 days


  • Cryoprecipitate is prepared by thawing whole blood-derived Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) used for cryoprecipitate production and recovering the precipitate
  • The cold-insoluble precipitate is then re-suspended in a small amount of residual plasma (15-20mL) and then re-frozen


  • Presentation:
    • Whole Blood: Volume 30-40 mL
    • Apheresis: Volume 54-55 mL
  • Contents:
    • Whole blood Cryo:
      • Fibrinogen (Factor I) 357 (+/- 110) mg/unit
      • Factor VIIIc 151 (+/- 30) IU/unit
      • vWF 294 (+/- 69) IU/unit
    • Apheresis Cryo:
      • Fibrinogen (Factor I) 1185 (+/- 318) mg/unit
      • Factor VIIIc 418 (+/- 94) IU/unit
      • vWF 670 (+/- 138) IU/unit
  • Storage:
    • -25oC or belowThawed cryoprecipitate should be maintained at 20-24oC until transfused12-month shelf-life
    • Once thawed it should be used within 6 hours if it is a closed single unit, or four hours if it is an open unit or it has been pooled


  • Compatibility tests are not necessary, however, preferably ABO compatible with the recipients red cells
  • ABO-incompatible cryoprecipitate can be used with caution – particularly in large volumes
  • If large volumes of ABO-incompatible cryoprecipitate are used, the recipient may develop a positive direct antiglobulin test and, very rarely, develop haemolysis.
  • Plasma components that have low titre anti-A or anti-B pose a lower risk of haemolysis.
  • Matching with RhD is not necessary


  • Please see transfusion risks / reactions
  • Early
    • Fever
    • Allergy: Mild –> Anaphylaxis
    • Air embolism
    • Hypothermia
    • Acute haemolytic reaction
    • TRALI (Transfusion-related acute lung injury)
    • Volume Overload
    • Citrate Toxicity
  • Late
    • Viral infection
    • Bacterial infection
    • Parasitic infection:
    • Prion infection:
    • GVHD (Graft versus Host Disease)
    • Immune sensitisation (Rh D antigen)
    • TRIM (Transfusion-related immunomodulation)


See also, Cell-Based Model of Coagulation:


  • vWF mediates platelet adhesion to damaged vascular subendothelium and thus platelet aggregation (N.B. learn about the Cell-Based Model of Coagulation above)
  • Fibrinogen (factor I) in the presence of thrombin (factor IIa) and factor XIIIa (fibrin-stabilising factor) and calcium ions is converted into a stable and elastic three-dimensional fibrin (factor Ia) haemostatic clot


  • Should not be used to treat haemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease or deficiencies of Factor XIII or fibronectin unless alternative therapies are unavailable



  • Cheap, roughly half the cost of fibrinogen concentrate (AUD$863.12 per 1g RiaSTAP vs AUD$163.01 per unit of cryo)


  • Needs to be thawed
  • Some grouping / cross-match should be undertaken, especially if large volumes are to be used
  • Impractical if a large quantity is needed:
    • e.g. to give 1 g of fibrinogen in cryoprecipitate it would take ~3 units (= ~100 mL), or for FFP you would require ~2 units for 1 g = ~600 mL volume
      • At Institution 1 (a quaternary hospital with ~600 beds in Sydney) there are 80 units of O and A each, 70 of B and 30 of AB cryoprecipitate at any one time
  • Short shelf-life of 12 months (compared with 60 months)

CCC Transfusion Series

Blood Products

Cryoprecipitate, Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP), PlateletsRed Cells (RBCs)

Concentrates: Prothrombinex, Factor VIIa, Fibrinogen Concentrate


Rivaroxaban / Apixaban / Enoxaparin: Andexanet Alfa, Rivaroxaban and Bleeding

DabigatranIdarucuzimabDabigatran and bleeding


WarfarinVitamin K / FFP / PTx, Warfarin Reversal, Warfarin Toxicity


Coagulation StudiesTEG / ROTEM (Thromboelastography)Platelet function assays

General Topics

Acute Coagulopathy of TraumaBlood BankBlood conservation strategiesBlood Product Compatibilities, Blood transfusion risksDisseminated Intravascular CoagulationMassive blood lossMassive transfusion protocol (MTP)Modifications to blood components,Procedures and CoagulopathyStorage LesionsTRALITransfusion Literature Summaries, Transfusion Reactions




CCC 700 6

Critical Care


ICU Advanced Trainee BMedSci [UoN], BMed [UoN], MMed(CritCare) [USyd] from a broadacre farm who found himself in a quaternary metropolitan ICU. Always trying to make medical education more interesting and appropriately targeted; pre-hospital and retrieval curious; passionate about equitable access to healthcare; looking forward to a future life in regional Australia. Student of LITFL.

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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