About Blood Temperature Indicators
Do you trust a product to protect your blood supplies that may “auto activate?” Would you be discarding expensive blood products because of an unreliable indicator?
1. Accuracy Matters
2. Performance Varies Greatly
The fine print for a competing indicator clearly states that AFTER ACTIVATION, the temperature of the blood needs to be brough back down to its 8oC “Stop Temperature” to avoid premature indication.
This means that the indicator could prematurely indicate at a temperature as low as 8oC if the blood bank doesn’t take the extra step to ensure that the blood – after attaching an activated indicator – is cooled below this “stop temperature.”
3. Lower Price May Not Be Lowest Cost
- poor performing
- less accurate, or
is dramatic in comparison to the cost of wasted blood products.
Knowing that, on average:
- blood banks receive a significant amount of issued blood back
- ONE unit of wasted blood may cost the blood bank $250