Safeguard Life-Saving Platelets with AdvanceCore™ Technology

Posted on Nov 16, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Across the country, blood collection centers are urging healthy individuals to donate platelets. While demand for this life-saving therapy is high, a limited shelf life and low donor turnout have meant supply is scarce. Recent issues with shipping delays as well as canceled...

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Minimizing Risk to Samples During Ultra-Low Freezer Door Openings

Posted on Nov 11, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Laboratories rely on ultra-low temperature freezers to maintain the integrity of precious patient samples and test materials. The most important function of an ultra-low freezer is to prevent stored products from being exposed to warmer temperatures. All aspects of the...

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New Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended by CDC Includes Updates to Storage and Handling Information

Posted on Nov 09, 2021 by Ben Greenfield

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, U.S. Center of Disease Control Director, endorsed the recommendation from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) to vaccinate children ages 5-11 years old against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. This vaccine was...

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Blood Supply Under Pressure as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

Posted on Nov 02, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood bank community has had to deal with unprecedented challenges to the blood supply, along with fluctuations in demand. Blood suppliers and hospitals have had to be flexible to manage the situation. Organizations that...

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High Performance Storage for Current and Leftover Specimens

Posted on Oct 26, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Clinical laboratories must store temperature-sensitive patient specimens for diagnostic testing. Properly storing the current inventory of patient samples is important for ensuring accurate test results, which in turn impacts patient care. Specimens that are no longer needed...

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Easily Generate PDF Temperature Graphs, Event Reports with i.C3® Information Center

Posted on Oct 21, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

i.Series® temperature-controlled storage products from Helmer Scientific feature the i.C3® Information Center. This touchscreen user interface provides continuous temperature monitoring as well as reporting capabilities. The i.C3® supports clinical laboratories and blood...

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What is a Certificate of Calibration?

Posted on Oct 19, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

For vaccine storage providers, having a valid Certificate of Calibration is necessary in order to meet CDC and Vaccines for Children guidelines. Having an accurate certificate can also help providers and facilities meet third-party audits and compliance reviews.

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Protecting Platelets During Supply and Demand Challenges

Posted on Oct 14, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Platelets have a limited shelf life, which means inventory management has been a long-standing challenge. More recent developments are exacerbating the situation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for platelets has remained relatively constant or, in some cases,...

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The Importance of Point-of-Care Access to Medications

Posted on Oct 12, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

Over the last decade, facilities have slowly been moving away from a centralized distribution model to a decentralized or point-of-care distribution model. More than half of facilities rely on automatic dispensing cabinets to support efficient, point-of-care distribution.

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CDC Releases Provider Resources for the 2021-2022 Influenza Season

Posted on Oct 07, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

The CDC has updated their Seasonal Influenza Resource Center to include materials and other information related to this year’s flu season. The CDC’s seasonal flu vaccination resources are available to assist providers and other partners in communicating the importance of...

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