Considerations for Selecting Automatic Cell Washers

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Pre-transfusion testing refers to the laboratory tests required to ensure compatibility between a patient’s blood and a transfusion of donated blood. This process includes patient identification, sample collection and labeling, and laboratory testing to determine the patient’s...

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Video: AgiTrak™ Monitoring for Platelet Agitators

Posted on Apr 28, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

AABB Standards detail the requirements for storage, transportation, and expiration of various blood products. According to this guidance, most platelet components should be stored from 20-24°C with continuous gentle agitation. To achieve these storage conditions, platelet...

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GX Solutions Undercounter Cold Storage Supports Operational Efficiencies

Posted on Apr 19, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific offers professional medical-grade refrigerators and freezers in a range of sizes to meet low to high volume storage capacity needs. Our compact undercounter units are useful for storing smaller volumes of products. They can also bring stored products such as...

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Video: Convenient Alarm Checks with i.C3® Automatic Alarm Testing

Posted on Apr 12, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

For temperature-controlled storage equipment in the blood bank, it is important to activate the alarms on a regular basis. This quality control step supports the blood bank’s quality management system and helps ensure alarms are functioning properly.

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Blood Emergency Readiness Corps Continues to Expand

Posted on Mar 29, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

The Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC) launched in September 2021 with seven founding blood centers. BERC’s mission is to prepare for emergency situations that immediately require large quantities of blood. These scenarios include natural disasters, mass shootings, or...

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Considerations for Selecting Plasma Storage Freezers

Posted on Mar 10, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Plasma is transfused to treat patients for a number of medical reasons, including burns, shock, trauma, and other injuries and illnesses. After plasma is collected and processed, it must be stored at frozen temperatures to preserve clotting factors and optimize shelf life. AABB...

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AABB Launches New Alliance to Strengthen US Blood Supply

Posted on Feb 22, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

A sustainable and resilient blood supply is a critical component of any healthcare system. Blood transfusions are essential, life-saving treatments used to care for thousands of patients each day. Blood is a critical therapy for a variety of conditions, from trauma to cancer...

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Supporting Sustainability Initiatives with Temperature-Controlled Storage

Posted on Feb 17, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Climate change is being increasingly recognized as a contributor to a range of health consequences around the world. At the most recent United Nations Climate Change Conference, these risks became a primary focus, as more evidence shows the negative impact of climate change,...

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Staff Shortages Highlight Need for Reliable Platelet Storage

Posted on Feb 08, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Like many areas in health care, blood banks are struggling with staffing challenges. The widespread shortage of laboratory professionals in hospitals affects all departments, including the transfusion service. Staffing shortages are also an issue for blood collection...

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Critical Shortages Highlight Importance of National Blood Donor Month

Posted on Jan 20, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

The blood supply in the United States is facing unprecedented challenges. News headlines are indicating the nation’s blood supply is hanging by a thread, and hospitals in some areas are almost completely out of blood. The current situation drives home the critical need for...

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