How is Dry Ice Used in Blood Banks?
Many people donate their blood multiple times a year as part of blood drives, but they don’t always think of how their donation gets from point A to point B. One of the most important things when transporting blood to and from blood banks is keeping the blood cold enough that it stays usable and fresh for when it is needed. Temperature is the biggest variable when it comes to specimen management. How does dry ice help connect the dots and keep blood cool for the blood bank?
The Importance of Low Temperature for Blood Specimens
Temperature, as stated above, is the most important part of keeping blood specimens usable and in good condition. The temperature at transport, the temperature at collection, and the long-term storage temperature all have an effect on the quality and usability of the samples. Serum samples require an ambient or room temperature to form clots. The stability of the proteins within the blood samples and the enzyme activity also require the proper temperature to be maintained. Dry ice is a great tool for blood banks and medical environments looking to keep samples cold while transporting and handling them. Dry ice ensures that blood is the right temperature and properly maintained for maximum usability.
Optimal Conditions for Blood Specimens
The long-term storage temperature for blood specimens at blood banks should be at least -80 degrees Celsius. Dry ice makes a perfect tool for keeping blood very cold, especially when it is properly used and monitored. It is important to limit the number of freeze thaw cycles that blood goes through while it is being stored, otherwise the sample will dramatically lessen in quality. When transporting samples, it is especially important to maintain proper temperature. Serum and plasma samples should be packed in plenty of dry ice for the duration of the trip, whether it is a brief trip up to the fourth floor or a trip across town to another hospital. Samples that are thawed are no longer usable, so potential delays should be planned for.
Looking for a New Way to Store Your Specimens?
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our dry ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to keep your specimens cold, whether they are blood specimens or simply some fresh summer produce, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.