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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Pro Line Platelet Storage: Hospital Blood Bank Case Study

Posted on May 11, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood bank community has been presented with challenges to the blood supply and to their ability to optimize collections to meet demand. As blood establishments begin to recover from these issues, the new challenge is to rebuild their base of...

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Infographic: GX Solutions Freezers with Innovative OptiCool™ Technology

Posted on May 04, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

GX Solutions are the first professional medical-grade freezers. Specifically designed for critical healthcare applications, they provide optimized control in three important areas, including temperature performance, noise reduction, and decreased energy use.

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GX Solutions Freezers Receive ENERGY STAR® Recognition

Posted on Apr 27, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently recognized additional Helmer Scientific products as meeting ENERGY STAR® program requirements. Helmer Scientific GX Solutions upright and undercounter laboratory and plasma freezers...

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Cost Effective Centrifugation for Lipemic Samples

Posted on Apr 22, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Ultracentrifuges are an expensive solution for processing lipemic samples, especially when many facilities process them only a few times a week. In addition, sending out lipemic samples can result in sample misplacement and take days to obtain outcomes, while reagents or...

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How to Select a System for Thawing Frozen Plasma

Posted on Apr 13, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Frozen plasma products must be safely thawed prior to transfusion. Currently, transfusion services may need to thaw both standard plasma products and high-titer COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP). Fortunately, convalescent plasma is a blood product that can be thawed in the...

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Environmentally Friendly Medical-Grade Refrigerators Save Energy & Reduce Cost

Posted on Apr 08, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Traditional cooling technology has been used in laboratory and blood bank refrigerators for many years. This approach relies on fixed capacity compressors and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants to achieve the required temperature range. While these systems achieve...

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Pro Line Platelet Storage: Benefits of Innovative Technology

Posted on Mar 30, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

For many cancer patients and those suffering traumatic injuries, platelets are an essential life-saving therapy. The blood bank community constantly strives to make sure an adequate supply of platelets is available to keep up with demand. For this reason, platelet storage...

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See How Easy it is to Program the UltraCW® II Cell Washer

Posted on Mar 25, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

The UltraCW® II Automatic Cell Washing System features programmability that is flexible and intuitive. New programs can easily be created on the full-color touchscreen. The pre-set programs can also be edited, enabling them to be fine-tuned to your facility’s needs.

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

Posted on Mar 22, 2021 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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Learn More about AgiTrak™ Monitoring for Platelet Agitators

Posted on Mar 08, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Pro Line countertop platelet storage systems from Helmer Scientific feature the i.C3® Information Center with the AgiTrak™ monitoring system. AgiTrak provides monitoring for the platelet agitator installed in a Pro Line incubator.

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