How can you monitor CORE blood bag temperature with adhesive temperature indicators?

With several indicators on the market, it’s increasingly confusing to know what to use – or who to trust. There’s been a lot of “buzz” lately about measuring core temperature of blood units during temporary storage and transport.  Do the … Continue reading

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

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This one-minute 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? Continue reading

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


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When blood leaves your blood bank in a packed cooler, and is returned later, how do you know if the blood was kept at a safe temperature when out of your control? In this easy to understand, animated video, learn how you can be assured that the blood temperature was in control by using Safe-T-Vue 6. Continue reading

Val-A-Sure Cooler Validation Kit Overview & Introduction


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The Val-A-Sure™ Cooler Validation Kit combines everything you need for temperature validation of blood transport coolers, in one convenient kit. All of the necessary components, instructions and documentation for validation are conveniently included, and have been tested to work together efficiently and accurately. Continue reading

Should you return the blood to inventory?

  Assuring temperature compliance during blood product transport and storage has been a topic of concern and debate for quite some time. We know that the coolers validated and blood is properly packed when it’s issued, but are you confident … Continue reading

Simulating Platelets for Validations

Guidance in using an average density to simulate platelets for validations After reading our VUEPOINT post – “Simulated Blood Products: 10% Glycerol in water may NOT be “One Size Fits All” – that presented “recipes” for simulated blood products (Red … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Val-A-Sure Cooler Validation Kit – Come check it out at AABB 2012

In January of this year, we conducted a Cooler Validation Survey, which drew participation from over 70 blood banking professionals. You and your peers were generous and forthcoming with your ideas, concerns and procedures. For that, we are genuinely grateful. … Continue reading

Cooler Validation Survey Results – March 2012

March 2012 The Cooler Validation Survey conducted in late January drew participation from over 70 blood banking professionals. You and your peers were generous and forthcoming with your ideas, concerns and procedures. For that, we are genuinely grateful. Although we … Continue reading

Update from AABB 2011: Transport and Storage Coolers used in Blood Banks

November 2011 Hearing your shared experiences, perspectives and concerns One of our primary goals at AABB in San Diego was to learn more about cooler validation procedures. Thank you to all who shared their experiences, perspectives and concerns! I wanted … Continue reading