Cord Blood Program
Insuring the Future
cells are primarily found in bone marrow, where they produce healthy blood
cells. Stem cells are also found in circulating blood, and in even higher
concentration in umbilical cords. These cells, after extensive processing, can
be frozen for future use by the baby or a matched sibling, particularly if there
is a family history of serious diseases. The cells also can be donated to help
undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which destroy the patientís
bone marrow, can have their stem cells harvested for later transfusion.
Staffed by highly trained laboratory professionals, Community Blood Services is the only blood bank in New Jersey licensed by the state for the collection and storage of stem cells.
Stem cell samples are tested and processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory following rigorous quality assurance procedures and under the guidance of an experienced cryobiologist. †
highly trained laboratory personnel use a sophisticated multi-coding system to
assure the integrity of each sample during all phases of processing, storage and
the past two years CBS has collected nearly 1600 units of umbilical cord blood,
90 percent of †these units are
listed in the Bone Marrow Worldwide International Registry.†
CBC has provided stem cells for transplantation to numerous medical
facilities throughout the United States, as well as Portugal, England, and
Harvesting cord blood
is safe for both you and your baby. The procedure takes less than five minutes. Open
24 hours a day, Community Blood Services will dispatch a technician or special
courier to transport the cord blood to the CBS for processing.
of two techniques can be used to harvest your babyís cord blood:
(In-utero) After the baby is born and the umbilical cord is detached, a needle is inserted
into the cordís vein and the placenta blood is drawn. Your physician, midwife
or nurse collects the cord blood in a small, sterile pouch that contains an
anticoagulant to prevent clotting. The pouch is sealed in a specially designed
container and delivered to Community Blood Services for processing and testing.
technique is preferred because it typically produces a higher quantity of stem
Technique #2. (Ex-utero) When the umbilical cord and placenta are detached from the uterus, the medical staff places them into a hanging collection system. The umbilical cord is extended through the opening, and the umbilical cord blood is collected in the same way described in technique #1.
Technology for Maximum Results
Blood Servicesí state-of the-art processing technology guarantees maximum
recovery and maximum quality of the cord blood harvested.
Testing and processing of the cord blood is performed no later than 48 hours after the harvesting.
blood cells are removed from the cord blood.†
The remaining white cells are concentrated, and frozen.†
The frozen cells are then stored in liquid nitrogen and placed in a
storage facility within the blood center.
storage facility is equipped with a back-up electrical power generator and
battery back-up system. Temperatures are supervised round-the-clock by blood
center technicians and monitored by an independent company.
more information on Community Blood Services please call (201) 444-3900