How Cord Blood and Tissue and Processed and Stored
Once the cord blood and tissue arrives at our laboratory, the samples are assigned to a technician who will see the processing and cryopreservation through to completion.
Upon enrollment, your baby’s collection kit was assigned a unique identifying sample ID and account number. Before your baby’s samples are placed into long term storage, the sample is bar coded for information and logistics management.
Our customers’ private health information is held in the strictest confidence at all times and according to HIPAA regulations.
Volume Reduction for Cord Blood – Red Cell Depletion
Once the stem cells are separated from the red blood cells and plasma, they are placed into a multiple individual vials in preparation for freezing and storage. Separating your baby’s stem cells from the whole blood collected at delivery is the industry standard. This process produces cells with greater viability than cells stored in whole blood.
The multiple vials stores your baby’s sample in separate samples. Storing your baby’s cord blood stem cells in a multiple vials allows for the potential future option of using the sample more than one time. Your baby’s stem cell sample is processed using a closed system therefore preventing contamination.
Cord Tissue Processing & Preparation
The umbilical cord tissue segment is processed by removing any arteries and/or veins. The segment is separated into small sections and placed into multiple vials for long term storage.
Your baby’s cord blood stem cell sample and tissue sample is then sent to the first stage of the cryopreservation process which is a computer controlled slow-rate introduction to the freezing process.
The computer controlled slow freezing rate is an additional step designed to protect the cord blood stem cells. The progression to lower and lower temperatures helps the cells adjust safely while going from room temperature to the extreme negative temperature of -196° Celsius.
Next, your baby’s sample is placed in our liquid nitrogen tanks where they remain for potential future use.
Your cord blood sample will be tested for bacterial and fungal contamination when it arrives at the lab. Maternal blood is tested for viral disease markers as recommended by current regulatory agencies.
Additionally, your baby’s stem cells are secure at our state-of-the-art storage facility which is monitored 24 hours a day with high tech alarm systems and backup generators.