The Blood Supply Chain

We recently came across a white paper published by MaxQ Research LLC that breaks down the transfusion blood supply chain into “7 critical steps. The white paper discusses how in each of these steps “possible points of failure where any delays, miscommunications, or procedural issues can cause serious problems.” Read it to learn more about blood transport and temporary storage… Continue reading

Make a New Year’s Resolution: Keep track of blood losses in your blood bank

Preserve precious resources, save money and optimize patient outcomes.. In this VUEPOINT learn more about the value of logging blood losses, and how it may help you preserve this valuable resource and save money over the long term. Continue reading

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

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