SURVEY: Temperature Indicators & Platelet Bacterial Contamination

Would a temperature indicator for platelets help your blood bank improve quality control, patient outcomes and discard rates? In this VUEPOINT survey, we’d like to learn more about your blood bank’s platelet inventory management – and to get your ideas on the possible value of a platelet temperature indicator. Read more and take the survey…… Continue reading

Blood Bank Refrigerator Setpoints Matter

Understanding the time pressures of busy blood banks, it would be fair to say that ANY time/temperature “advantages” – such as revisiting the refrigerator setpoint – might worth consideration. Learn more in this VUEPOINT from our tests on how long it takes for blood to warm to 6 degrees C from different storage temperatures. Continue reading

Are all temperature indicators created equal?

When it comes to cost and performance, how do you choose? by Jeffrey Gutkind In today’s cost-conscious healthcare environment, our immediate reaction when making a buying decision is to minimize purchase cost.   The temperature indicators currently on the market have … Continue reading

Reduce RBC and FFP Waste, Improve ROI

A recent article in the journal Transfusion references reducing red blood cell (RBC) and plasma (FFP) waste. The study showed significant reduction in RBC and FFP waste by using a new blood transport and storage system, and does seem to validate that there is a trend toward cooler storage in the OR being considered “intraoperative storage,” which is significant. Continue reading

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