Do you store cord blood in bags or vials? What about cord tissue?
Americord uses specialized cryo-bags, not vials for storage. The older vial-based method increases the potential of seepage of liquid nitrogen in and out of the screw-top lids of the vials, a concern especially in liquid phase storage. Additionally, vials are not a ‘closed system’, meaning cells are unnecessarily exposed to contaminants during processing. Cord blood storage cryo-bag container is encased in an outer casing, cooled slowly and temporarily stored in quarantine freezer, then moved to long term freezer. Freezer uses vapor phase (not liquid) of liquid nitrogen to ensure sterility. Long term storage storage tanks are MVE 1500 series auto-fill vapor phase dewars that are monitored and connected 24/7 with a 9,000 gallon bulk tank and liquid nitrogen delivery system. Cord tissue is processed first to verify viability, then processed and stored.
Americord has the best quality and follows all of the best practices for cord blood and cord tissue collection and storage, including the FDA, the AABB, state and federal guidelines and applicable licenses. We use the only commercially available FDA approved sterile exterior cord blood bag that is on the market and the fastest medical courier.
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