The process of collecting umbilical cord blood is fairly straightforward. After the baby has been born, the umbilical cord is clamped and the cord blood is extracted using a needle. The process is very quick and painless for both mother and child. The cord blood collection kit is then transported to the laboratory for processing.
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It is crucial that the cord blood sample arrives at the laboratory as soon as possible to be processed and frozen. It is also important that the cord blood kit maintains a cool temperature during transit so the cord blood sample’s viability is not compromised.
The Role of the Cord Blood Collection Kit
The cord blood collection kit must contain the items necessary for performing the collection procedure. It should also be made of the packaging necessary to secure the cord blood sample at the correct temperature and ensure that it makes it to the laboratory safely.
It is important that the cord blood kit complies with international regulations for the shipment of blood and that it is easy for medical professionals to use.
Cord Blood Collection Kit Assembly
The collection kits must be designed in compliance with IATA packing instruction 650 and should contain three core components.
- The primary receptacle- This is the cord blood collection bag.
- The secondary packaging - This is the packaging which protects the primary receptacle and keeps the sample cool. Usually constructed from cardboard or plastic, with some form of insulation and cooling mechanism.
- An outer box- A cardboard or plastic box with labels for shipping details.
Different cord blood banks use different quality packing materials and cooling methods in their cord blood kits. The method of temperature regulation varies and includes:
- Urethane foam and temperature stabilising packs (TSPs)
- Packaging foam and gel packs
- Temperature stabilising packs and foil pouches
- Insulated sealable foil pouches
- Polystyrene foam and temperature stabilising packs
It is important that parents check the contents of the cord blood collection kit when it arrives. The kit should be given to your obstetrician on the delivery date and the hospital should be informed of your intention to save your child’s umbilical cord blood in advance.
The Cells4Life Difference
Realising the importance of the cord blood collection kit, Cells4Life have searched for the best methods for packaging and transporting cord blood samples.
The awarding-winning Cells4Life cord blood kit features a specialised “NanoCool” device. This device works by evaporating water in vacuum panels. NanoCool devices have seven times the cooling power of melting ice and reach the necessary temperature for transporting cord blood samples within 5 minutes of being activated.
The water flow within the vacuum walls is regulated, so the device can respond to ambient temperature fluctuations. The device also uses a rigid plastic shell for added strength.
The NanoCool device allows the sample to be transported long distances while maintaining the correct temperature. This is important to maximise the number of viable cord blood stem cells.
Cells4Life is the only stem cell company in the UAE to use this technology. In a 2013 study performed by Frontline Medical Communications , collection kits from different stem cell banks were reviewed. The Cells4Life collection kit was ranked #1!
The Cells4Life cord blood kit also includes a short manual which informs medical professionals on how to use the kit appropriately. Once the cord blood has been drained into the blood collection bag, the medical professional simply presses a button to activate the NanoCool. Then they seal the box and hand it to the waiting courier. The kit is immediately ready for shipping once the box is sealed.
Cells4Life have a strong record of adhering to world’s best practice cord blood banking techniques — our unique Cells4Life cord blood kit is a prime example of that.