Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer designs, manufactures, and markets specialized medical and laboratory equipment to customers in more than 125 countries. With an extensive background in Helmer products, Colleen’s focus is on the Clinical Laboratory and Blood Bank segments.

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2- to 3-Day Blood Supply Has Become the New Normal

Posted on Nov 15, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

For more than two years, the blood bank community has faced unprecedented challenges to the blood supply. Maintaining an adequate blood supply is not easy even during the best of times. Then COVID-19 disrupted collections throughout the pandemic, and staffing difficulties have...

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Pass-Thru Refrigerators Support Efficient Lab and Blood Bank Workflows

Posted on Nov 01, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific recently announced the launch of our GX Solutions Pass-Thru Refrigerators. Our next generation pass-thru models join the GX Solutions family of environmentally conscious, sustainability focused medical-grade cold storage.

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4 Important Considerations for Selecting Plasma Freezers

Posted on Oct 18, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Plasma is the liquid component of the blood that transports blood cells throughout the body along with other vital substances, such as clotting proteins. Plasma is used to treat patients for a variety of medical reasons, including severe blood loss, liver disease, or cardiac...

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Protecting Laboratory Media from Temperature Excursions

Posted on Oct 04, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

In the clinical laboratory, it’s important to safeguard sensitive media from temperature excursions. Temperature-controlled storage from 2-8°C is frequently required. Refrigerators used to store media should have tight temperature uniformity to reduce the risk of having to...

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Sep 20, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood Cancer Awareness Month occurs every year in September, helping raise awareness and improve understanding of blood cancers. It is also a time to honor patients who are currently battling blood cancer and those who are in remission.

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When Blood Products Are Scarce, It’s Essential to Protect Them

Posted on Aug 30, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

During the summer months, blood centers typically have lower inventories of blood products. Regular donors tend to be busy with vacations and summer activities. At the same time, the demand for blood is high when more people are active and the risk for accidents and trauma...

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Clinical Labs Can Save Staff Time with the i.C3® Information Center

Posted on Aug 18, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

What drives decisions about a patient’s medical care? About two-thirds of the time, medical decisions are based on the results of laboratory tests. Therefore, test results must be accurate and timely.

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Reliable Storage Equipment is Critical to Safeguarding Platelets

Posted on Aug 02, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Platelets are blood cells that are essential to hemostasis, the body’s process to prevent and stop bleeding. Under normal circumstances, platelets respond to injuries such as cuts and scrapes by sticking together, causing the blood to clot, which helps seal the injured area.

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3 Factors to Consider When Selecting Freezers for Your Lab

Posted on Jul 19, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

In the clinical laboratory, the use of equipment designed for storing temperature-sensitive reagents and specimens is important for safeguarding their integrity and maintaining regulatory compliance. Storage within the correct temperature range is critical for ensuring accurate...

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Video: Downloading Temperature Graphs and Alarm Event Reports

Posted on Jun 21, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

AABB Standards require the storage temperatures of refrigerators, freezers, and platelet incubators be monitored. i.Series® temperature-controlled storage products from Helmer Scientific feature the i.C3® Information Center. This touchscreen user interface provides continuous...

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