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.

 

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