CORD BLOOD COLLECTION
 
Cord blood is collected in small (250 ml) blood collection bags containing anticoagulant to prevent blood from clotting. This bag also allows the collected blood to be processed in a closed system, which limits the possibility of bacterial contamination during extensive blood processing.
DELIVERY OF CORD BLOOD TO THE BLOOD CENTER:
Community Blood Services operates 24 hours a day. The collection facility informs the blood center about cord blood collection. Collected units are picked up from the delivery site by a blood center employee or designated courier.
 
CORD BLOOD PROCESSING:
Processing of cord blood is performed as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours after collection. Processing involves three major steps:
1. Removal of red cells
2. Volume reduction of White Cell Concentrate
3. Freezing
CORD BLOOD AND MATERNAL TESTING:
Each sample of maternal blood matching collected cord blood is tested against the panel of recommended tests. Positive results of these tests may disqualify the cord blood from being used in the future.
STORAGE:

 

Cord Blood units are stored in a Liquid Nitrogen Freezer. To guarantee safety of the stored units:
1. The storage facility is equipped with an electrical power generator.
2. Each freezer has its own battery back-up.
3. Temperatures are recorded by an employee of the blood center around the clock, monitored by an independent company, and checked daily.
4. Liquid Nitrogen feeding of the freezers is controlled automatically and carefully monitored.