Why Would a Person Be Given a Cryo Transfusion?
A patient may be given a cryo transfusion if they have low levels of any of the clotting proteins it contains. Low levels of clotting proteins put the patient at risk of severe or uncontrolled bleeding.
Unlike other blood components, synthetic (man-made) versions have been developed for several of the clotting factors found in cryo. Some physicians prefer to use these synthetic proteins when they are available. Today, cryo obtained from donated plasma is most commonly given to patients who need fibrinogen.