How is it stored?

 

Procured cord blood must be processed and stored within 48 hours of the delivery of the child. Immediately after procurement, the blood is delivered to the bank under controlled conditions. Automatic processing removes red blood cells and plasma from the procured blood and separates a layer of leukocytes which contains the stem cells. This is the layer of cells used for transplantation. A solution is added to the cells to allow freezing at very low temperatures. Frozen cells are preserved in liquid nitrogen tanks at a temperature of -196°C.

 

How is it procured?

 

Cord blood is procured after an uncomplicated delivery (vaginal or caesarean section) using a procedure which is not harmful to the mother or the newborn. The procurement process does not require the physician and midwife to change the usual delivery management procedure. The child is separated from the placenta by severing the umbilical cord at least 30-60 seconds after birth. While the placenta is still in the womb, the umbilical cord is disinfected after which the umbilical vein is pierced with a syringe connected to a bag, which enables the collection of as much of the blood remaining in...

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What is cord blood?

 

Cord blood is the blood left over in the blood vessels of the placenta and umbilical cord after the child’s birth and it contains a large number of haematopoietic stem cells. The placenta and the blood within it are destroyed after the delivery.

After the delivery of the child, blood containing a large number of haematopoietic cells similar to the cells from bone marrow remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and umbilical cord. These cells can generate all types of blood cells (red blood cells, leukocytes, platelets). Since they can regenerate bone marrow, these cells can be transplanted...

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