November 23, 2015

Once the non-intrusive process of collecting family cord blood for banking is completed by your health care professional at the birth of your child, the collected unit of cord blood is transported via a medical courier services to CariCord’s secure laboratory, on the Anschutz Medical Campus near Denver, Colorado for processing, testing, and cryogenic storage.

As your family cord blood banking service of choice, CariCord understands that your baby’s cells we collect are irreplaceable. Therefore, we go to great lengths to protect them. Unlike some private family cord banking services, we use insulated containers to transport cord blood at an optimal temperature during shipment, regardless of outside weather conditions.

While some family cord blood services require you to make your own arrangements with a medical courier, CariCord handles all of these details for you, so that you can focus on what matters most: attending to your newborn child. We work with experienced couriers to get your baby’s sealed cord blood and the necessary paperwork from the hospital to our laboratory in Colorado, for processing.

Once it arrives, the unit of cord blood is processed and tested for total cell count, sterility, infectious disease and other factors. CariCord saves more cells because our highly-trained staff uses precise methods while processing that ensure excellent cell life. We use the same processing, materials, and lab techs that are used for public units of cord blood licensed by the FDA, which means our private cord blood bank operates at a higher standard than most family cord blood banks.

Once it is deemed up to standard for storage, the cordblood is cryogenically stored in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen, which preserves the stem cells until they are needed. Our processing standards ensure that your baby’s cord blood is at its highest quality, which makes a successful transplant more likely if it is needed in the future.

CariCord takes quality assurance very seriously and has a program of bar code labeling and repeated checking of the cord blood units, to ensure accurate identification. The frozen cord blood is stored in continuously temperature monitored, double-locked, stainless steel liquid nitrogen vapor phase Dewars in our state-of-the-art facility. These freezers are of the highest security, as the double locks require two technicians to be present in order to access cord blood units.

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