Pet Blood Banks
Pet Blood Bank blood product delivery
Blood products are packed carefully using temperature controlled boxes and packaging. These have been tested to ensure the coolant keeps the blood cold or plasma frozen for a guaranteed 24 hours.
Sometimes, boxes can go missing in the delivery system, which is clearly problematic for temperature controlled products. If deliveries are delayed for any reason beyond the timeframe that could guarantee maintenance of the internal box temperature, the blood would need to be discarded. This would lead to unnecessary waste as some units of blood may still have been within the safe temperature frame for use.
The indicators are attached to every unit of packed red blood cells that are sent for overnight delivery. They are also attached to frozen plasma units that are being sent overnight to locations where they are more likely to hit delays, such as deliveries going to Guernsey, Jersey, or the Highlands of Scotland. Orders being sent on a Friday for overnight delivery on a Saturday are also monitored, as deliveries that extend into a weekend are more likely to run into delays or issues.
Veterinary customers now have the information they need to check at the point of delivery whether the blood has been maintained within the specified temperature range, or has been exposed to a temperature breach. If a delivery is delayed, they can check upon arrival whether it is still safe to use.
A further benefit is that the vet practice receiving the red blood cells can keep the Timestrip temperature monitor on the product once it goes into their own storage, enabling them to check that the blood is being kept within the correct temperature environment.