Is there a single irreversible indicator that works for both 6 and 10 degrees C?

It’s that time of year, so let’s talk turkey! We get this question from blood banks a lot when helping them select and validate indicators. Our answer? No, there is not one irreversible indicator that works for two temperatures. Yet … Continue reading

“Clinical Temperature Management of Blood Products”

An interview with Robert A. DeSimone, MD as published in Medical Lab Management, July/August 2017 In this article by Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Dr. Robert A. DeSimone, he shares his experience with a small pilot study conducted at the New York … Continue reading

Keeping Blood Products Cold During Dispensing

Tests show that gel blankets significantly help maintain temps below 6oC On a recent visit to a blood bank customer who uses Safe-T-Vue 6, we learned something that we felt was worth sharing. During the approximate 10 minutes that it … Continue reading

What is “stop temperature?”

Last month’s VUEPOINT generated some interesting comments and questions. In this VUEPOINT we explore “stop temperature” and illustrate how this type of blood temperature indicator behaves, and share comments from other blood banks who have experienced this behavior. Read more…. Continue reading

Validating Temperature Indicators: The “Return to Refrigerator” Challenge

Learn more in this VUEPOINT about indicator comparison tests we conducted based on reports from blood banks experiencing indicators “tripping” after returning blood products to the refrigerator by Jeffrey Gutkind, Temptime We are often called on by blood banks to … Continue reading

Does the “30-minute rule” still apply?

Making sense of storage, transport, time and temperature Recent conversations on PathLab Talk surrounding the 30-minute rule are drawing new attention from blood banks, whose interpretations of the AABB, FDA and CAP guidelines are ever-evolving. The title of a presentation … Continue reading

HELP not HYPE: Being truly useful to blood banks

Providing relevant, useful and helpful information for blood banks is a major goal of our website and VUEPOINT posts. In this VUEPOINT, we share links to the TOP FIVE pages and posts routinely visited by and relied upon by blood bankers from around the world. Use this quick guide to informational resources focused on helping you perform your job more easily and with better results. Continue reading

3 Things You Need to Know

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 Of the indicators on the market, one … Continue reading

IR Thermometers: Determining Blood Product Temperature on Return to Blood Bank

Learn as we explore common misconceptions about IR thermometers and surface temperature vs. core temperature, for determining blood product temperature on return to the blood bank. The following PathLabTalk post describes something we encounter repeatedly in blood banks – and illustrates several problematic misconceptions about determining blood product temperature on return to the blood bank. At the same time, this post demonstrates a reliable, good practice! Continue reading

The Results are in: Platelet Indicator Survey

Thank you to the 115 of you who participated in our October survey about platelet management and provided your feedback on a platelet temperature indicator. We’re excited to share what we learned….. and even more excited to tell you what we plan to do about it! Continue reading