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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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Multiple Countries Experience Blood Shortages Due to COVID-19

Posted on Apr 02, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Headlines such as “China's blood donations dry up as coronavirus outbreak quells giving” illustrate the alarming potential of a pandemic to negatively impact the global blood supply. News stories continue to highlight the challenges to the blood supply presented by COVID-19....

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Coronavirus and Concerns About the Blood Supply

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

News about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to break every day. As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Top priorities include healthcare system preparedness and slowing transmission of the disease to prevent...

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Clinical Applications Benefit from Improvements in Refrigeration Technology

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Advances in refrigeration technology are making it possible for facilities to achieve optimal temperature management and realize benefits such as reduced energy consumption. Temperature-sensitive products such as patient samples, reagents, blood, medications and vaccines must...

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Clinical Labs Can Save Energy and Reduce Cost with GX Solutions

Posted on Feb 25, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Laboratory refrigerators that use conventional cooling technology have been available for many years. These systems provide a temperature-controlled environment for patient samples, reagents, and controls, but tend to consume more energy than newer approaches.

Technological...

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Platelet Storage: Benefits of AdvanceCore™ Technology

Posted on Feb 19, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Pro Line Platelet Storage Systems from Helmer Scientific offer the precise temperature uniformity, constant agitation, and reliable performance that are critically important to blood banks. Powered by AdvanceCore™ Thermoelectric Heating and Cooling Technology, Pro Line...

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Platelet Storage: What Is AdvanceCore™ Technology?

Posted on Feb 13, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Reliable platelet storage is essential to blood centers and hospital transfusion services. Blood banks constantly face the challenge of making sure enough platelets are available to meet patient needs. This means it is essential to have a platelet storage system that users...

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Saving Energy and Reducing Cost with GX Solutions Refrigerators

Posted on Feb 04, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Did you know that technological advances have made it possible to minimize energy use while also achieving optimal temperature management? GX Solutions professional medical-grade refrigerators from Helmer Scientific utilize innovative OptiCool™ technology. Designed for...

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What You Need to Know About Pro Line Platelet Storage

Posted on Jan 28, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Life-saving platelet transfusions are essential for patients fighting cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. To maintain viability, platelet products must be stored within a tight temperature range and with continuous gentle agitation.

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National Blood Donor Month Helps Save Lives

Posted on Jan 21, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

In 1970, the month of January was designated National Blood Donor Month. January is one of the most challenging times for blood centers to collect enough blood products to keep up with demand and avoid shortages.

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Clinical Laboratory: The Best of 2019

Posted on Jan 16, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

We have gathered the top clinical lab posts from 2019. Topics include the launch of our new GX Solutions upright refrigerators, an ultra-low freezer survey, a guide for selecting Laboratory Refrigerators, and a demonstration of the UltraCW® II Automatic Cell Washing System....

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