According to the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, the temperature for platelet storage should be between 20-24°C (68-75°F), with continuous gentle agitation. The AABB Standards are widely recognized as the gold standard for blood banking and transfusion medicine practices in the United States, and they provide guidelines for the collection, processing, and transfusion of blood components.
The Standards specify that platelets should be stored at 20-24°C with gentle agitation to prevent clumping and maintain functionality. The Standards also specify that the maximum storage time for platelets is 5 days, unless they have been treated with a process that extends their shelf life, such as pathogen reduction technology.
It is important to note that different countries or regions may have slightly different guidelines for platelet storage, and healthcare providers should follow the specific guidelines applicable to their location to ensure safe and effective use of blood components.