The Process of Storing Cord Blood

cryo blood storage

Interested in the process behind umbilical cord blood storage? Here is an overview of how stem cells are preserved after being taken from the umbilical cord.

The cord blood is stored in specially designed bags or syringes and couriered to the blood bank centre, where it is then labeled with the donors name, date of birth and other relevant details. The cord blood is given a registration number by which it can be identified and is then sent for processing. The cryopreserving process is that the temperature of the blood is slowly reduced in order to avoid a temperature shock (minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit) after which the umbilical blood is transferred to liquid nitrogen tanks where the temperature stays steady at minus 321 degrees. Very special procedures are performed to ensure that the cells don’t get frozen ice on them, which would damage the cell membranes.

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