Blood Bag Cold Chain Best Practices

by Dan

Best PracticesHealthcare providers are faced with a vast array regulatory and compliance requirements.  Blood bag temperature indicators will help you control the high risk area of RBC cold chain control.

Mainlining temperature control during storage and shipment is of extreme importance in order to uphold high standards of regulatory compliance.  There are many variables that will negatively affect the safety of your blood supply.  Temperature indicators will provide auditable proof that each individual blood bag has been maintained according to relevant regulations:

  • Blood storage between 1°C to 6°C
  • Not to exceed 10°C when transported
  • 30-minute rule – Blood components may be held at ambient temperature for no longer than 30 minutes
  • AABB Standard 5.24 (27th edition): RBC products can be re-issued if “appropriate” temperature has been maintained

Taking the step of monitoring you blood supply with the indicators will show patients that you are focused on taking every step possible to protect their health.

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