Temperature indicators are used to ensure compliant handling of blood bags during transport and enable safe return of surplus units to the blood bank. Blood product temperature can be constantly monitored from storage to distribution and return – the cold chain cycle is closed. Permanently cooled surplus products can be returned to storage and reused instead of discarded.
Why temperature monitoring?
Requirements are strict for ensuring blood safety. Temperature is an important parameter in guaranteeing transfusion safety for any blood bank. Regulations on blood product storage and transport are very clear and temperatures may not exceed a certain limit at any point in the supply chain. In times of severe blood shortage, it is more important than ever to return permanently cooled products to storage and reuse blood which otherwise may be discarded.