Introducing Our 6 Degree Blood Bag Temperature Monitor

Timestrip is pleased to announce the arrival of our 6ºC blood bag temperature indicator– Blood Temp 6.
Blood Temp 6

Blood Temp 6 single use temperature indicators are low cost, field activated, and irreversible – they have been designed to be adhered directly to blood bags and are calibrated specifically to monitor the 6ºC threshold.

Blood temp 6 on blood transfusion bag

Use for monitoring temperature exposure when blood bags are in transit from storage, as in hospital blood banks. Blood Temp 6 provides a simple visual indication that blood has been stored and transported below 6 degrees Celsius.

Blood Temp 10

Along with our existing 10ºC product, Blood Temp 10, and our 25ºC Extreme room temperature indicator, Timestrip Plus 25ºC, Timestrip indicators are ideal for all your blood bag monitoring needs.

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Timestrip Attending ISBT London 2015

ISBTFrom 27 June – 1 July 2015, Timestrip will be attending the 25th  Regional Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) in London, UK.

ISBT is a society in the field of blood transfusion, transplants, science and medicine.

It facilitates knowledge about transfusion medicine to serve the interests of donors and patients.

Attendees will be able to see our new 6°C temperature monitoring product, Timestrip Blood Temp 6, along with Timestrip Blood Temp 10. Blood Temp 6Look for future news updates where we will post our booth number and detailed schedule. We look forward to meeting you!

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New vaccination reminder band made possible by Timestrip & Trust for Vaccines and Immunization (TVI)

tvi-logoTimestrip UK Ltd has announced it is working with Trust for Vaccines & Immunization (TVI), a not-for-profit organization, established to help ensure that every child, irrespective of his/her social class, colour or ethnic group is protected against Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Pakistan and around the world.

Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationTVI is the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Award to develop a Vaccine Indicator and Reminder (VIR) band and is working in collaboration with Timestrip to develop the innovative device, reminding parents for timely completion of their children’s vaccines.

Working in partnership with Timestrip® and design consultants Daylight, Dr. Noor Sabah Rakshani from TVI has created the Vaccine Indicator Reminder (VIR) band to provide a simple, low-cost method of showing when each of the three rounds of vaccines needed over the first 14 weeks of a child’s life are due, alerting the mother with a clear visual marker at 6, 10 and 14 week intervals.

VIR band being put on an infant

Whilst the World Health Organisation estimates that vaccinations help save over 2.5 million lives each year globally, figures indicate that up to 60% of children in Pakistan do not complete the immunization schedule.

Those with a vaccination reminder card achieve above 80% vaccination completion but if no card is available, or if the card is lost or damaged, the child may miss a lifesaving vaccination.

This new ‘wearable’ healthcare reminder solution is being heralded as a breakthrough solution, thanks to the revolutionary application of a Timestrip® indicator manufactured into the durable, soft plastic waterproof VIR band, which is attached to the baby’s ankle.

Each VIR band is marked with a unique number to match the child’s medical records at the point of issue.

The failsafe and irreversible nature of the Timestrip® technology (activated by simple finger pressure) shows each of the 6, 10 and 14 weeks vaccination milestones.

As the highly visible red indicator liquid (a food grade dye) sealed inside the Timestrip® migrates along the clear window, the three vaccination periods are graphically marked.

Timestrip’s patented ‘liquid’ technology ensures the accurate passage of elapsed time over the entire 18 week period.

Gates Foundation Vaccine Reminder BandThere are no moving parts or electronics, just good science helping mothers and carers follow their child’s vital vaccination program with nothing but a quick glance at their baby’s ankle.

Dr. Noor Sabah Rakshani is excited at the progress made since the first VIR Bands were shipped to Pakistan late last year.

“We started our community effectiveness trial on October 28, 2014 in four study sites in Karachi, Pakistan. As of February 2015 the team has enrolled 344 children in the intervention and control groups, with 200 wearing the VIR band and 144 children in the control group receiving only the routine immunization card.

We have started receiving input from the parents as they come back for their second and third doses of the vaccine at 6, 10 and 14 weeks time.

Aside from the vital funds and invaluable support this pilot study has received from the Gates Foundation, an application for a GAVI grant to introduce the VIR band through a community midwifery program is also in the works.

The idea is for every midwife to give an activated VIR band to every infant they attend to in the community, and the VIR band will indicate to the parents the ‘Number of Weeks Unprotected’ for their child.

We are taking small but very important steps in our quest to protect children from vaccine preventable illnesses across Pakistan and around the world. The environmental friendly low cost and widely used Timestrip® technology has made it possible for the VIR band to be tested in low income communities in Pakistan and and I am thrilled to be working with the team.”

Commenting on the VIR band project, Timestrip® Founder Reuben Isbitsky said:

“We have a long history of innovation in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, including the development of temperature monitoring products for blood products and vaccines. This project has allowed us to support the creation of a simple but life-saving product that could help millions of children who suffer through incomplete vaccination regimes. We are absolutely delighted to be helping bring about change in this vital area of work.”

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Temperature Controlled Warehouse Opening in Chicago Renews Focus on Monitoring Pharmaceuticals

departures_lounge DHL Global Forwarding opened it’s purpose built temperature controlled warehouse to process pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices in Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

With 10,000 temperature controlled square feet situated in the world’s busiest airport, businesses now have better ways to get their temperature controlled healthcare products all over the globe.

Whether your products are being flown internationally, or shipped overground locally, you need to be sure temperature breaches have not occurred in transit.

Timestrip® has a line of temperature breach indicators that are small, easy-to-use, cost effective indicators that and provide auditable proof that your devices arrived safe to use.

The Timestrip® PLUS Duo line is created with vaccines in mind, as they indicate two ascending temperature breaches, both the higher and lower thresholds.

Our Timestrip® Blood Temp 10 indicator is a single use ascending temperature breach indicator that can be applied directly to a blood bag, and will visually alert you to a 10°C breach of the blood bag’s core temperature.

For all other temperature monitoring needs, our Timestrip® PLUS line monitors ascending temperature breaches in a variety of temperatures between -20°C and 30°C.

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Clinical Innovations Rom Plus

Clinical Innovations Rom Plus™ Fetal Membranes Rupture Test with Timestrip®

With an accurate diagnosis of PROM (premature rupture of membranes),  patients can receive interventions to minimize the risk of complications.

ROM Plus™ is a self-contained test  designed by Clinical Innovations that comes packaged for use in either a POC (point-of-care) setting or in the lab. The cassette has a built-in twenty minute time monitoring Timestrip® indicator and lateral flow test strip as well as a patient ID field.

The video below shows how the built in Timestrip® time indicator measures the length of time elapsed between the beginning of the test until the time the results can be read.

The results manifest within 5-20 minutes. 5, 10 and 20 minutes are clearly marked on the Timestrip®, allowing for clinicians to have a clear visual indication of when results are ready.

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