June 30, 2014

What should you consider when choosing where to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells? What questions should you ask a potential cord blood bank? Some parents even ask, what stem cell research is. A few important factors that immediately come to mind (to see how CariCord stacks up) are:

1. What kind facility is CariCord?
CariCord is a private family cord blood bank, and is component of ClinImmune Labs at the University of Colorado, which provides it access to a state-of-the-art facility and medical campus. The lab has years of extensive stem cell services, contracts and research experience. Services provided on the umbilical cord blood units at its highly sophisticated, Class 10,000 cGMP clean room and processing facility include HLA high resolution DNA typing, hematopoietic stem cell processing, and flow cytometry, and more.

2. Is the cord blood bank FDA approved?
CariCord’s lab produces FDA licensed cord blood for the Public Registry. CariCord’s privately banked units are processed in the very same lab, by the same technicians using the same process and materials as the FDA licensed public units. It is also accredited by the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks), CAP (College of American Pathologists), CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and ASHI (American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.)

3. Is the storage facility located in a geographically “safe” location?
At CariCord, your baby’s cord blood is stored at a safe, highly accredited facility with a proven track record that will be there for generations to come. CariCord is located at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, which is part of the Colorado Science and Technology Park, located in Aurora, Colo. The location and climate are stable and predictable, unlike other cord blood banks whose storage facilities are located in high risk locations such as California (high risk of earthquakes) or Kentucky (high risk of tornados).

4. What time constraints does the cord blood bank adhere to in processing the umbilical cord blood?
All cord blood units are received, processed, documented and stored by CariCord’s skilled and experienced staff within 48 hours of your child’s birth, which is the ideal time necessary for optimal stem cell harvesting.

5. How does the cord blood bank ensure the integrity of the cord blood during collection and transit?
When you enroll with CariCord you will receive a “CariKit” that contains everything needed to collect and ship your baby’s cord blood unit. The collection bag provided is an FDA-approved, sterile gravity bag that contains the anti-coagulant, citrate phosphate dextrose (CPD), which is proven to help increase the stem cell yield at processing. The storage container provided is a validated, temperature-controlled, insulated container, designed to ensure the cord blood remains at the optimal temperature during transit. The container meets the industry standard, ISTA Standard 20, for transporting biological products.

At CariCord, our mission is to “provide parents with the confidence that they have taken the right steps to protect their children's future, by securing the finest processing and storage of umbilical cord stem cell products available, anywhere in the world.” Parents can rest easy knowing they’ve chosen the best cord blood bank for their family.

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