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

Update: Storage vs. Transport of Blood Components

September 2009 Some things just never change. Take, for example, this question from the “Ask the FDA” session at the October 2008 AABB Annual Meeting in Montreal. Today, another year later, we find our blood banking colleagues still challenged with … Continue reading

Transport Cooler Validation and Blood Product Temperatures

September 2011 “If we use a temperature indicator inside the cooler, can we eliminate the step of checking the temperature every 4 hours?” At the Ask the FDA session at the 2010 AABB meeting, this was one of the questions … Continue reading

Combining Blood Banks and Tissue Banks: Are they as similar as they seem?

September 2010 As we approach AABB 2010, I thought it would be a good time to revisit and refresh ourselves on a topic that will likely be up for conversation amongst our Blood Bank and Tissue Bank stakeholders. ‘Hospital Tissue … Continue reading

Redefining Transport & Storage Temperatures

Summary from “Ask the Standards Committee” at AABB 2009 February 2010 To quote the Moderator, this was a “familiar topic.” At Session 9417-TC of the 2009 AABB, “Ask the Standards Committee,” the Standards Committee leadership addressed recent changes in the … Continue reading

Clarification Offered for Storage vs. Transport of Blood Components in Monitored Coolers

Re-release from October 2005 AABB Annual Meeting “Ask the FDA” Session In response to several recent inquiries regarding the proper temperature for blood components during cooler storage or transportation, the association has re-released information from an “Ask the FDA” session … Continue reading