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Selecting a Platelet-Rich Plasma Preparation System

A clinic may find it difficult to choose a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) preparation system. There are over 50 systems that have been described in the literature. Each system has its own unique characteristics. What are the most important factors in comparing the PRP preparation system?

This was the dilemma I faced five years ago when I added PRP therapy to our practice. My initial focus was on preparation. As I became more familiar with PRP, my focus shifted to other aspects such as patient outcomes, effectiveness, and profitability, customization, and streamlining.

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It would have been helpful to have a guide when I faced the daunting task of selecting a PRP machine. This article will give you some suggestions on how to determine which PRP system is the most efficient, cost-effective, and easy to use.

How do you measure effectiveness?

Many orthopedic conditions can be treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). However, experts explain that "not all PRP systems are created equal" and have recently identified four factors that bolster the effectiveness of PRP.  Experts have identified the following characteristics as the optimal PRP formulation:

1. Red blood cells with minimal red numbers (RBCs).

2. Minimal neutrophils

3. Maximum monocytes

4. Maximum lymphocytes

This is the best formulation of PRP. However, there are many other PRP preparations that do not meet these requirements. Understanding how PRP preparation systems work can help us determine which one provides the best product.