Donations Urgently Needed as Blood Supply Drops to Unprecedented Levels

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

A critical national blood shortage has prompted urgent calls for donations from blood centers across the country. According to the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, the blood supply in the United States has dropped to “red”...

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UltraCW® II Cell Washer Demonstration Video Series

Posted on Jul 01, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

The UltraCW® II Automatic Cell Washer saves time and effort by automating the manual steps associated with pre-transfusion tube testing. The UltraCW® II is designed to provide precise, consistent, and reproducible cell washing results. It features an intuitive touchscreen...

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Video Illustrates the Benefits of Reliable & Efficient Platelet Storage

Posted on Jun 10, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Platelet products are unique because they have a limited shelf life and require a great deal of resources for donor centers to collect, manufacture, and deliver to hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the availability of platelets, with inventory levels...

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Plasma Freezers Designed for Reliability, Performance, & Sustainability

Posted on Jun 03, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Plasma products are stored at frozen temperatures to preserve clotting factors and optimize shelf life. AABB Standards specify that plasma components should be stored at -18°C or colder. When stored within this temperature range, the expiration date is 12 months from...

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Best Practices for Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Ultra-Low Freezer

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

When your lab is storing precious samples at ultra-low temperatures, reliable freezer performance is essential. An ultra-low freezer is a significant investment for a laboratory. To protect your investment, along with the integrity of the valuable samples stored inside, it is...

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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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