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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COVID-19 Vaccine Active Clinical Trials

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

The race is on to safely and effectively develop a preventative COVID-19 vaccination. There are currently 9 COVID-19 vaccines actively going through clinical trials. The trials are in the United Kingdom, China, the United States, and Canada. Traditionally, it takes several...

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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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How to Store Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Specimens

Posted on May 20, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Proper collection of specimens is the most important step in the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. In addition, proper temperature regulated sample storage post-collection is crucial to accurate results. A specimen that is not collected or stored correctly may lead...

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Supporting Good Cleanroom Practices with Interlocking, Ambient Pass-through Cabinets

Posted on May 19, 2020 by Ben Greenfield

Ambient temperature pass-through cabinets, also known as pass-through chambers, are used across a variety of applications and environments. They assist in managing risk of contamination which is critical for safety and compliance in clean room environments. Pass-through...

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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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Reducing Cold Storage Noise in the Pharmacy

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Hospitals across the country understand that managing noise levels in the professional healthcare environment are essential for a safe and healthy work environment. Many organizations are putting plans in place to enhance their care environment by lowering noise levels.

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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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7 Immunization Facts You Might Not Know

Posted on May 05, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Vaccines have been protecting us from deadly diseases since the late 1700’s. They are essential to public healthwellness in our communities and health across the globe. 

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COVID-19 Refrigerated Medication Storage Challenges

Posted on May 01, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

The COVID-19 pandemic has created complex, unique challenges for refrigerated medication storage. The pandemic has put stress on the drug inventory leading to conservation efforts and in some cases drug shortages. Inventory management has become crucial and many supportive...

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