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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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Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Platelets

Posted on Sep 01, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its guidance document entitled “Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Blood Collection Establishments and Transfusion Services to Enhance the Safety and Availability of Platelets for Transfusion” several months ago. Since...

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Video Demonstrates Benefits of Pro Line Platelet Storage

Posted on Aug 18, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Reliable platelet storage is essential to blood centers and hospital transfusion services. Blood banks constantly face the challenge of making sure enough platelets are available to meet patient needs. This means it is essential to have a platelet storage system that users...

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Pro Line Platelet Storage Evaluated at Large Teaching Hospital

Posted on Jul 23, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Platelet products must be stored within a precise temperature range and with continuous agitation. They have a very limited shelf life. Blood suppliers invest a great deal of resources to collect, manufacture, and deliver platelet products to hospitals.

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Reducing Noise in the Blood Bank with GX Solutions

Posted on Jun 30, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood banks can be noisy environments. With constant background noise from various pieces of equipment, plus different alarm tones and pagers activating inside the laboratory, the sound level can create challenges for staff. 

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Donations Needed to Support the U.S. Blood Supply

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood supply dropped to a critical level. At that time, the blood community issued public statements encouraging eligible individuals to donate. Thanks to a strong response from the public, the blood supply was replenished...

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Medical-grade Refrigerators: What Makes Them Different?

Posted on Jun 16, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Healthcare facilities are under increased pressure to ensure consistent and reliable refrigeration for the storage of temperature sensitive medications, vaccines, reagents, and patient samples. There are significant implications when a refrigerator used for clinical...

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How to Select a System for Thawing Convalescent Plasma

Posted on Jun 04, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, or CCP, is being transfused as an investigational therapy for patients fighting the novel coronavirus. While its efficacy has not yet been determined, a small study recently indicated it is showing promise as a treatment option.

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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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