Blood and Convalescent Plasma Needed During National Blood Donor Month

Posted on Jan 13, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

January is National Blood Donor Month, and in 2021, donations are needed more than ever. In the United States, someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. This person could be an accident victim, someone battling cancer, a new mother with a complicated delivery, or a...

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Best of 2020: Blood Bank

Posted on Jan 05, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific has gathered the top ten blood bank posts from 2020. Our goal is to provide you with educational content that is informative regarding the proper storage of blood products. Popular topics from 2020 include the storage and thawing of COVID-19 convalescent...

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Efficiently Test Storage Unit Alarms with i.C3® Automatic Alarm Testing

Posted on Dec 29, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood banks perform quality control checks at regular intervals as part of their Quality Management System. Alarm activations are an important QC step for equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, and platelet incubators.

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i.C3® Download Function Generates Temperature Graphs & Event Reports

Posted on Dec 17, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

It is essential that blood products be stored within the proper temperature range. To ensure this, AABB Standard 3.6.2 states that, “Storage temperatures of refrigerators, freezers, and platelet incubators shall be monitored.” i.Series® blood storage products from Helmer...

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Blood Donations Urgently Needed to Maintain Adequate Blood Supply

Posted on Nov 17, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

The blood community has announced that the supply in the United States is critically low. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of many blood drives. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires have further disrupted collections. At the same time, hospitals...

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Record Alarm Events with the i.C3® Event Log

Posted on Nov 10, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

It is essential to constantly control and monitor the temperature of blood products in order to preserve their integrity. The i.C3® Information Center is integrated into i.Series® blood bank refrigerators, plasma freezers, and Pro Line platelet incubators from Helmer...

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Support Blood Bank Compliance with the i.C3® Information Center

Posted on Oct 27, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

The i.C3® Information Center is a touchscreen user interface integrated into i.Series® refrigerators, freezers, and Pro Line platelet incubators from Helmer Scientific. The i.C3® provides intelligent diagnostic information and temperature data, while providing security...

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Pro Line Platelet Storage: Keeping Platelets Safe While Saving Energy

Posted on Oct 06, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

To maintain viability, platelet products must be stored within a tight temperature range and with continuous gentle agitation. Pro Line Platelet Storage Systems from Helmer Scientific offer the precise temperature uniformity, constant agitation, and reliable performance that...

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Visit Helmer Scientific at the AABB 2020 Virtual Meeting

Posted on Sep 22, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

At Helmer Scientific, we are looking forward to our 41st consecutive year of exhibiting at the AABB Annual Meeting. Come visit our virtual booth during the online event, to be held October 3-5, 2020.

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COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma: Regulatory Updates and Resources

Posted on Sep 16, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

There have been several recent developments regarding the use of convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) in August 2020. Subsequently, the FDA...

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