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Timestrip to demonstrate Blood Temperature Indicator at the AABB Expo

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If you are attending the Annual Meeting of the AABB – the CTTXPO in Denver, Colorado, starting Monday October 14th, we look forward to seeing you. We’ll be on booth 1654 with our partners Shockwatch, demonstrating our latest product innovation – the Blood Temp 10 indicator label.

We also have a speaker slot at the show, starting at 1.30pm on Monday 14th, where we will be presenting a  case study highlighting how temperature indicators not only help identify potentially heat damaged blood but also assist with identifying critical control points within your blood reissue compliance cycle (BRCC).

Timestrip Blood Temp 10

A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Pathology found that temperature sensitive labels for monitoring blood can help hospitals and blood banks conform to the American Association of Blood Banks and US Food and Drug Administration standards for safe human blood transportation and storage.

While many front-line teams rely on the “30 minute rule” for returning blood back into storage, using a temperature sensitive label ( blood temperature indicator ) can increase the safety of the blood life cycle, while reducing wastage.

They found:

“…these devices offer transfusion services an opportunity to develop and validate their own in-house procedures to supplement and, thereby, improve on decisions using the 30-minute rule. For example, if a unit of RBCs were overheated by placement on a hot surface (eg, microwave heater, radiator, or the top of a refrigerator) but returned within 30 minutes to the transfusion service, its potential unsuitability would not be identified by a transfusion service relying only on the 30-minute rule. However, such a potentially unsuitable unit would be likely to be recognized if a temperature-sensitive label had been in place. 

Also, procedures can be developed to use temperature-sensitive labels to avoid unnecessary and costly discards of blood components when storage for more than 30 minutes outside a temperature-monitored refrigerator raises questions about suitability.”

The adoption of our simple to use technology as a vital element of the BRCC compliant process will help deliver new levels of accountability across the RBC temperature management teams.  Front line teams know the value of clear, simple communication. Add in the fail-safe component of the Blood Temp 10 and the simplicity of use (including no additional pre-conditioning or expensive associated consumables) and they can see the real value of our technology.

In support of our latest technology we’re also presenting a paper on best practices for keep your blood supply safe in our Learning Lab, entitled “Before Good Blood Goes Bad.”

According to the WHO around 107 million blood donations are collected globally every year and it is generally accepted that 2% of blood may be discarded.  The use of suitable equipment and good management of blood cold chain are important means of minimizing losses and donated blood.

Visitors to our booth will be able to see the extent of savings achievable through the adoption of the Blood Temp 10 indicator label with our interactive Cost Calculator.

We invite you to join us and the ShockWatch team in Colorado next month and look forward to meeting members of the AABB.

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Blood Temp 10 at the AABB annual meeting & CTTXPO in Denver, Colorado

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Come see the Shockwatch Blood Temp 10 in action at the AABB annual meeting and CTTXPO in Denver, Colorado Monday, Oct. 14th, 1:30 pm booth 1654.  You can also hear about best practices keep your blood supply safe in our Learning Lab “Before Good Blood Goes Bad.”

Presentation overview:Timestrip Blood Temp 10

Heating, freezing and thawing all affect the viability of blood and blood products and components. Temperature monitoring is a vital step in maintaining the safety of the world’s blood supply, ensuring that blood already known to be safe, remains safe.

A case study will be shared during the presentation to show how temperature indicators not only help identify potentially heat damaged blood but also assist with identifying critical control points within your blood logistics cycle.

According to the WHO around 107 million blood donations are collected globally every year and it is generally accepted that 2% of blood may be discarded.  The use of suitable equipment and good management of blood cold chain are important means of minimizing losses and donated blood.

A lack of product data leads to an unpredictable blood cold chain, which will create an environment of guesswork, assumptions and inaccurate predictions when it comes time to make blood safety and cost-recovery related decisions.

The lack of accurate data due to a poorly designed temperature tracking system will force the disposal of unadulterated blood and create financial loss.  These results are very expensive consequences that can be overcome with the implementation of the Blood Temp 10.  Developing a system of bag level temperature monitoring will deliver the results required to effectively build and maintain predictable cold chain management, allow for a greater level of cost recovery and drive awareness throughout the blood cold chain.

Bacterial contamination of blood components is the most frequently reported cause of transfusion-related fatalities.  BT10 ensures that bacteria growth due to elevated temperatures has not compromised blood during storage, transportation and distribution     

Increase patient safety by confirming blood product is kept within the required conditions.  If unsafe temperature conditions occur the BT10 will give you an assurance to know that you’ve captured those issues prior to introducing unsafe blood to a patient.

Mainlining temperature control during storage and shipment is of extreme importance in order to uphold high standards of regulatory compliance.  There are many variables that will negatively affect the safety of your blood supply.  Blood Temp 10 will provide auditable proof that each individual blood bag has been maintained according to relevant regulations.

We invite you to learn more – leave us your contact information and we will schedule a time for you to come visit the booth for a live demonstration.

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Helapet BloodPorter for Blood Transport

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Helapet BloodPorter carrying systems are designed for the safe and controlled transportation of red blood cells, platelets and plasma between hospital sites blood banks and wards. Featuring a replaceable inner moulding surrounded by a robust carrying bag, the BloodPorter can effectively maintain the desired temperature threshold for extended periods of time whatever the external conditions.

Ideal for keeping blood products warm or cool, the BloodPorter carrying system is available in a selection of sizes and configurations to suite specific applications. A custom design service is also available for specific colour and artwork requirements*

MediCool technology

BloodPorter carrying systems use MediCool packs which can be repeatedly used to maintain the internal storage temperature. Comprised of a water based non-toxic solution, Medi

Group Blood Porter Shot

Cool packs can be configured in each porter, eliminating the need for ice and improving storage capacity. The BloodPorter can be used with dry ice, and protective polythene liners are available to extend the life of the product.

Safety and security

With strong carrying straps for safe lifting and handling and a secure velcro fastening system, the Helapet BloodPorter enables quick access whilst providing extra protection for the inner chamber. When security is an issue, a tamper evident closure system is available. Each porter also comes with a clear document holder allowing the insertion of instructions/information making identification simple and easy to use.

Replacement inners to save money
Each BloodPorter utilises a fully replaceable polystyrene inner moulding to store and protect transported blood samples. Tailored to the size of each BloodPorter , customers can order replacement inner mouldings and polythene liners from Helapet to maintain the chamber integrity

Keep updated on Helapet Cold Chain Management developments on www.helapet.co.uk, or visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages

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Helapet Cold Chain VaccinePorter Carrying systems

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Helapet VaccinePorter carrying systems are designed for the safe and controlled transportation of vaccines and temperature sensitive solutions. Featuring a replaceable inner moulding surrounded by a strong carrying bag, the VaccinePorter range can effectively maintain a temperature threshold of between +2°C and +8°C for extended periods of time whatever the external conditions.

Ideal for the transit of an increasing number of products requiring controlled storage conditions, the VaccinePorter is available in a selection of sizes and volume options. A custom design service is also available for specific colour and artwork requirements*Group Vaccine Porter Shot

MediCool technology

VaccinePorter carrying systems use MediCool packs which can be repeatedly used to maintain the internal storage temperature. Comprised of a water based non-toxic solution, MediCool packs can be configured in each porter, eliminating the need for ice and improving storage capacity.

Safety and Security

With strong carrying straps for safe lifting and handling and a secure velcro fastening system, the Helapet Vaccine Porterenables quick access whilst providing extra protection for the inner chamber. When security is an issue, a tamper evident closure system is available.

Replacement inners to save money

Each VaccinePorter utilises a fully replaceable polystyrene inner moulding to store and protect the transported product. Tailored to the size of each Vaccineporter, customers can order replacement inner mouldings from Helapet to maintain the chamber integrity

For further information or a free demonstration on our range of cold chain transportation systems, contact us on our dedicated freephone number 0800 230 0191 or email porters@helapet.co.uk  order replacement inner mouldings from Helapet to maintain the chamber integrity.

Keep updated on Helapet Cold Chain Management developments on www.helapet.co.uk, or visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages

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