How can you have confidence in blood temperature compliance during transport?

This video illustrates how easily blood products can be out of temperature compliance during transport. Perhaps the blood was not packed properly, or the units were exposed to higher temperatures before being returned to safe temperatures.  How do you know that it has been maintained at 10°C per AABB standards? How can you control quality?

Safe-T-Vue® 10 can be used to promote safe blood management temperatures when the blood is out of the blood bank. It is a temperature-sensitive indicator that easily adheres directly to blood bags during transport and temporary storage. It is ideally suited for use by blood banks and transfusion services to maintain quality control in transport and storage of blood, and other temperature-sensitive products.

Safe-T-Vue 10 changes color from white to red when the 10°C indication temperature has been reached or exceeded. Because it is nonreversible, Safe-T-Vue 10 will indicate that an unsafe temperature condition existed, even if the temperature returns to a safe level. As long as the indicator remains white, blood may be safely reissued. Safe-T-Vue 10 is easy to activate and simple to interpret with clear visual indication.

These Nonreversible Temperature Indicators for Blood Products and Temperature-Sensitive Biologicals can be used for:

  • Red Blood Cells, Whole Blood, Packed Cells, Plasma, Vaccines and Specimens
  • Transport Containers and Pneumatic Tube Systems
  • Specific visual indication that blood products may be reissued when returned – per American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services and 21 CFR 600.15(a)

Blood Temperature Compliance at 6°C … is it safe to re-inventory?

When blood products are issued from the blood bank in a packed cooler and are later returned to the blood bank, how do you know if the blood was maintained at the compliance temperature of 6°C? In this 90 second video, you’ll see how Safe-T-Vue® 6 from William Laboratories ( can be used throughout the transport and temporary storage process to provide easy visual indication if the blood temperature exceeds 6°C.