Blood Banks are highly regulated to give peace of mind when it comes to patient safety and the products stored.
To comply with product liability legislation under the Consumer Protection Act (UK) and the Blood Safety and Quality Regulations (UK), red cells must only be stored in designated Blood Bank refrigerators.
Both air and core product temperatures in a blood bank will need to be maintained at specific levels and alarm notification should be sent out immediately if there is any deviation.
In addition to this, only staff trained by the may remove blood from the blood bank issue room refrigerators and blood must not be out of the designated temperature controlled storage areas for more than 30 minutes. That means not collecting blood until a patient has been cannulated ready for transfusion, for example.
Blood is an excellent culture medium for bacterial growth. It is therefore stored in approved blood bank refrigerators at +2 to +6°C (+35.6 to +45.8°F), where it has a shelf life of 35 days from the time of donation. There are legal requirements for temperature regulation and alarm systems when it comes to the storage of blood.
Hospitals have approved blood bank refrigerators located in the blood Issue rooms in pathology and in the store room in theatres.
Blood must never be stored in domestic or other refrigerators. Blood should be removed, one unit at a time, from the blood bank refrigerator only when a transfusion is due to commence within the next 30 minutes. Transfusion must be completed within 4 hours of removing the pack from the blood bank refrigerator to avoid the risk of bacterial growth.
Blood storage facilities are regulated under strict compliance standards, with the safety of patients relying heavily on proper handling and storage of blood from the moment a donation is made, as well as ensuring that wastage is preventable.
Knowing all this and understanding the very tight constraints and controlled nature of blood bank product storage, we know we can help with a automated wireless temperature monitoring system tailored to your needs.
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UKAS & ISO 17025
Comark has ISO 17025 & UKAS accredited calibration laboratories and can bring these services to you with our onsite engineers