Blood Banks

Resource for blood banks on product and procedure comparisons, AABB topics, helpful tips and guidelines

To Condition or Not to Condition … That is the Question

To Condition or Not to Condition … That is the Question

You already know that irreversible blood temperature indicators help ensure that the blood products you dispense stay within the appropriate temperature range. This can ultimately save money by reducing blood wastage, while also maintaining quality control. The problem? Not all ... Read More
The Blood Supply Chain

The Blood Supply Chain

Learn more about blood transport in this white paper that breaks down the transfusion blood supply chain into “7 critical steps," and how in each of these steps... “possible points of failure where any delays, miscommunications, or procedural issues can cause serious problems." ... Read More
Simulated Blood Products: 10% Glycerol in water may NOT be “One Size Fits All”

Simulated Blood Products: 10% Glycerol in water may NOT be “One Size Fits All”

In your validation procedure, are you using the right mixture to simulate Plasma, RBCs and Whole Blood? It would be reasonable to say that the common practice has historically been to use a 10% glycerol in water (by weight) mixture ... Read More
Safe-T-Vue Blood Temperature Indicator Use

Safe-T-Vue Blood Temperature Indicator Use

See how easy it is to use Safe-T-Vue blood temperature indicators. Safe-T-Vue easily adheres directly to blood bags during refrigeration, transport and temporary storage. Perfect for use by blood banks, blood collection centers, transfusion services and hospitals ... Read More
Make a New Year’s Resolution: Keep track of blood losses in your blood bank

Make a New Year’s Resolution: Keep track of blood losses in your blood bank

Read this VUEPOINT to learn more about tracking blood losses and other productive outcomes of this simple procedure. We answer questions like about how to track losses, what improvements can be made, and if temperature indicators are worth the expense ... Read More
Is there a single irreversible indicator that works for both 6 and 10 degrees C?

Is there a single irreversible indicator that works for both 6 and 10 degrees C?

We get this question from blood banks a lot when helping them select and validate indicators. Our answer? No, there is not one irreversible indicator that works for two temperatures. There are two problems with a “one size fits both” indicator ... Read More
Clinical Temperature Management of Blood Products

Clinical Temperature Management of Blood Products

In this article by Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Dr. Robert A. DeSimone, he shares his experience with a small pilot study conducted at the New York Blood Center and answers critical questions about the 30-minute rule, risks and benefits of blood reissue, and more ... Read More
Keeping Blood Products Cold During Dispensing

Keeping Blood Products Cold During Dispensing

Wanting to learn just how much gel blankets helped during blood product dispensing, we did some testing. Read this VUEPOINT to see the test procedure and learn from the detailed data we gathered. It may inspire you to try gel blankets in your blood bank ... Read More
Stop Temperature Graph Blood indicator

What is “stop temperature?”

Although this was the first time we discussed stop temperature in a VUEPOINT, it’s not the first time we’ve received questions about it from our blood bank contacts. To address those issues, we researched what stop temperature means ... Read More
Comparing blood indicators

Validating Temperature Indicators: The “Return to Refrigerator” Challenge

Learn more in this VUEPOINT about indicator comparison tests we conducted based on reports from blood banks experiencing indicators "tripping" after returning blood products to the refrigerator. The purpose of the challenge was to simulate ... Read More