Blood Temp 6 red blood cell temperature technology
Blood Temp 6 has two windows: an activation window that is yellow prior to activation and a breach window that is white prior to activation. Field activate at room temperature. With a squeeze of a button, Blood Temp 6 is activated and indicates simply and clearly if the core temperature of the blood has risen above the threshold temperature. Accurate to +/- 0.5 degrees C.
Once activated, a green activation line appears in the yellow activation window and continues to fill the window turns completely green. The breach window will remain white. It can be directly applied by removing the adhesive liner on the back.
Indication of arming window will remain green, while the breach window will turn blue. The breach window is irreversible and cannot be reset / changed.
Unsure if bags of blood were stored in unsafe temperatures? Don’t rely on guesswork. Instead, choose Blood Temp 6. Our Blood Temp 6 offers simple quality assurance for monitoring temperature of whole blood, RBCs and plasma stored in a blood bank and hospital refrigerator or temporary storage.
Blood banks can use the serialised indicators to see blood was kept within safe limits and/or auditable proof a temperature breach.
Yes. Orientation has no impact on the way it works.
The expiry date is provided for each batch of products supplied. You will find it on a label on each box together with the batch coding we use for traceability.
No, unlike some other blood bag temperature indicators, Blood Temp can be stored at ambient temperatures and activated only when needed.
We find that placing on a very cold coolpack works really well. The colder the better, ideally having been in a freezer.nSqueeze the Blood Temp Indicators and then place on the coolpack , leaving the adhesive liner on the Blood Temp Indicator.nThe activated product can stay on the coolpack for a very long time. We recommended to have this prep area close to the blood-bag fridge and near to the time of use.nThen, when the blood bag or blood bags have been prepared for the Blood Temp indicator, simply remove its adhesive liner and adhere to the blood-bag.nnExtra tip: Blood bags can warm up surprisingly quickly when placed on an counter in a room temperature environment. To keep them cool longer, while preparing them, lay them on a coolpack as well.
Use a cold pack! We recommend getting one from the freezer. Anything colder than 3 degrees Celsius will do, but really the colder the better to last longer.
Preparation: Set up a staging area near the blood-bag fridge and close to the time of use. We highly recommend placing the blood bags that are being prepared on a refrigerated cold pack, as the ambient temperature of the room and direct contact with a warm counter warms up a blood bag above 6ºC surprisingly quickly.
Activate the BT6, and leaving the adhesive liner on, place on the cold-pack. Feel free to do this with as many indicators as you would like to use in a given batch application session. Dependent on the cold-pack temperature and size, the activated BT6 indicators can stay on the cold pack for many minutes and even hours without showing a breach in the run-out window.
As soon as the BT6 indicator needs to be applied to the blood-bag, take the indicator from the cold pack, peel the adhesive liner off and simply adhere firmly to the blood-bag.
Remember - We always supply 1 to 2 extra products free of charge, so good to use for testing or practice! Please note that this is only really needed for Blood Temp 6 Indicators, due to the particularly low temperature being monitored. Timestrip Blood Temp 10 indicators can just be activated and applied to a cold blood bag. Absolutely nothing else required.
What if one of the indicators in the box is showing the indication window already blue before I've squeezed it?
If stored under the correct conditions, this is highly unlikely to happen, but if it does, the built-in activation window lets you know it. If this happens, don't use the indicator and select another. There is no need to contact us, as we ship 1 or 2 extra indicators per pack free of charge anyway.
That is normal, and as it should be. It goes a bit lighter green because the liquid inside has solidified and contracts slightly within the pore structure, making it appear a lighter shade.
Because we like our customers! You can use these free products for testing, training, validation, or just to save money. In the unlikely case any got damaged along the way or someone just wanted to try one, there is no need to get in touch, although we're always happy to hear from our customers. Personally, we think that all companies should give stuff away for free!