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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Best of 2020: Clinical Laboratory

Posted on Jan 14, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific has collected the top ten clinical laboratory posts from 2020. Popular topics from 2020 include selecting cold storage for COVID-19 testing, the benefits of adopting new refrigeration technology in the lab, and how the i.C3® Information Center helps support...

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Blood and Convalescent Plasma Needed During National Blood Donor Month

Posted on Jan 13, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

January is National Blood Donor Month, and in 2021, donations are needed more than ever. In the United States, someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. This person could be an accident victim, someone battling cancer, a new mother with a complicated delivery, or a...

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Best of 2020: Blood Bank

Posted on Jan 05, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific has gathered the top ten blood bank posts from 2020. Our goal is to provide you with educational content that is informative regarding the proper storage of blood products. Popular topics from 2020 include the storage and thawing of COVID-19 convalescent...

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Efficiently Test Storage Unit Alarms with i.C3® Automatic Alarm Testing

Posted on Dec 29, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood banks perform quality control checks at regular intervals as part of their Quality Management System. Alarm activations are an important QC step for equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, and platelet incubators.

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i.C3® Download Function Generates Temperature Graphs & Event Reports

Posted on Dec 17, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

It is essential that blood products be stored within the proper temperature range. To ensure this, AABB Standard 3.6.2 states that, “Storage temperatures of refrigerators, freezers, and platelet incubators shall be monitored.” i.Series® blood storage products from Helmer...

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Download Temperature Graphs and Event Reports with the i.C3®

Posted on Dec 10, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Clinical laboratories are responsible for storing temperature-sensitive reagents and patient samples. To safeguard their integrity, it is critical to ensure that these items are stored within strict temperature ranges. Medical-grade refrigeration with added intelligence...

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Helmer Scientific to Exhibit at the Virtual AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo

Posted on Dec 03, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

At Helmer Scientific, we are looking forward to 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. The expo will take place as a virtual event from December 14-17. This will be Helmer’s 15th consecutive year of exhibiting at AACC. If you will be attending, please come...

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Blood Donations Urgently Needed to Maintain Adequate Blood Supply

Posted on Nov 17, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

The blood community has announced that the supply in the United States is critically low. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of many blood drives. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires have further disrupted collections. At the same time, hospitals...

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Record Alarm Events with the i.C3® Event Log

Posted on Nov 10, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

It is essential to constantly control and monitor the temperature of blood products in order to preserve their integrity. The i.C3® Information Center is integrated into i.Series® blood bank refrigerators, plasma freezers, and Pro Line platelet incubators from Helmer...

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How the i.C3® Event Log Supports Clinical Laboratory Compliance

Posted on Nov 03, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

When you’re storing sensitive reagents and specimens, it is critical to constantly monitor temperature in order to safeguard the integrity of the stored items. The i.C3® Information Center is integrated into i.Series® laboratory refrigerators and freezers from Helmer...

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