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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Reducing Noise in the Blood Bank with GX Solutions

Posted on Jun 30, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood banks can be noisy environments. With constant background noise from various pieces of equipment, plus different alarm tones and pagers activating inside the laboratory, the sound level can create challenges for staff. 

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How Clinical Labs Can Save Energy and Reduce Cost with GX Solutions Refrigerators

Posted on Jun 24, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Temperature-sensitive patient samples and reagents must be safeguarded to ensure accurate test results, support regulatory compliance, and prevent financial losses. Advances in refrigeration technology have now made it possible for clinical laboratories to protect their...

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Donations Needed to Support the U.S. Blood Supply

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood supply dropped to a critical level. At that time, the blood community issued public statements encouraging eligible individuals to donate. Thanks to a strong response from the public, the blood supply was replenished...

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How to Select Laboratory Refrigerators for COVID-19 Testing

Posted on Jun 11, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Since the early days of the pandemic, laboratories have had to build their testing capacity for COVID-19. As the need for increased testing continues, labs have been presented with multiple challenges, including concerns about the accuracy of results.

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How to Select a System for Thawing Convalescent Plasma

Posted on Jun 04, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, or CCP, is being transfused as an investigational therapy for patients fighting the novel coronavirus. While its efficacy has not yet been determined, a small study recently indicated it is showing promise as a treatment option.

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Helmer Scientific Blood Bank Refrigerators & Pro Line Platelet Storage Achieve AABB SCoPE Recognition

Posted on May 29, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

In 2019 AABB launched the Standards-Compliant Product Evaluation (SCoPE) Program for vendors that serve the transfusion medicine community. The program was developed to recognize suppliers that demonstrate compliance with AABB Standards.

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How to Select a Freezer for Convalescent Plasma Storage

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, or CCP, is being transfused as an investigational therapy for patients battling the novel coronavirus. Convalescent plasma plays a critical role in offering hope to these patients. For blood centers and hospitals, the ability to store CCP within...

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AABB Launches Website to Inform Public About Convalescent Plasma

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

AABB has launched a website to serve as a resource for the public, clinicians, and blood collection facilities. It provides information on COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP). The new site,, connects individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to...

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AACC Provides Resources and a New Video Series on Coronavirus Testing

Posted on May 07, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Testing plays an essential role in efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, but implementing testing for the virus has been a challenging process. To address questions on this topic, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has introduced a series of videos to...

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Expanded Access Program Providing Convalescent Plasma to COVID-19 Patients

Posted on Apr 28, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma. These donations contain antibodies to the virus that may help patients fighting the disease. While there is no approved treatment for COVID-19, convalescent...

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