We Save More of your Baby’s Stem Cells
Our Processing Methods are Unmatched
Umbilical cord blood is collected after your baby is delivered and the cord has been clamped and cut. The collection process involves stringent cleansing of the cord prior to collection of the cord blood. The blood is then drawn out of the umbilical cord via a closed, gravity bag system, which is the preferred method of collection in order to minimize contamination.
CariCord includes all necessary materials for collecting and shipping the cord blood in the collection kit, or CariKit. The kit is sent to the parents upon signup and is brought to the hospital at the time of delivery.
In general, there are two options as to when the cord blood is collected – either before or after the delivery of the placenta. In the post-delivery method, your health care provider will collect the umbilical cord blood after the placenta has been delivered. In the pre-delivery in-utero method, your health care professional draws the cord blood while the placenta is still in the womb.
Cord blood can be collected by two different methods as well: either through a closed system with a sterile bag or an open system, drawing the blood out with a syringe. CariCord provides only the materials for the closed system blood bags for collection, due to the reduced risk of bacterial and fungal contamination.
After the Umbilical Cord has been cut, when it comes time to collect your baby’s cord blood, using sterile methods, your health care professional will insert a sterile needle into the umbilical vein to allow the blood to drain by gravity into a sterile bag containing anticoagulant. The entire collection process is nonintrusive and takes less than 10 minutes on average.
CariCord provides detailed instructions for health care providers. Also, our medical staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions from your health care providers and labor and delivery staff.
The collected unit of cord blood is then transported via medical courier service, to CariCord's laboratory for processing, testing and cryogenic storage.
Transport to Our Center
Your baby’s cord blood is precious and irreplaceable. That is why we go to great lengths to protect it. Unlike some private cord blood banks, CariCord uses insulated containers validated to maintain an optimal temperature during shipment under all weather conditions.
We take care of all the transport planning for you, unlike many other private banks which require you to arrange pick up and transportation of cord blood. We make arrangements with experienced medical couriers in getting the transport container – which contains the sealed cord blood and necessary paperwork – from the hospital to the CariCord processing laboratory in Denver, Colo.
Upon arrival, your baby's cord blood unit is processed and tested, including total cell count and sterility of the unit, among others, as well as infectious disease testing on the maternal sample. After the cord blood unit is deemed acceptable for storage, it is stored cryogenically in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen until needed.
Your baby’s cord blood will be processed in our state-of-the-art laboratory at CariCord. Our highly trained staff uses precise methods to assure the maximum number of stem cells with excellent cell life. Because CariCord uses the exact same processing, materials and lab technicians, as the FDA licensed public units, the highest quality cord blood unit is the result.
This process is vital in the processing of a high quality product that will greatly ensure the chances of a successful transplant of the unit should it ever be needed
The tests performed on every maternal sample and the cord blood are done to ensure safety, adequate cell count, and viability of the stem cells. The tests include: blood typing (ABO and Rh typing), fungal and bacterial cultures, total nucleated cell count, viability assay and CD34 testing, and testing for certain infectious diseases is performed on the maternal blood sample. If there is a family history of inherited diseases genetic testing may also be ordered.
Cord blood is stored at our facility in cryogenic conditions, in liquid nitrogen vapor phase, until it is needed. Cord blood transplantation is a relatively new field but medical experts and researchers are confident that cord blood can withstand being cryogenically frozen for an indefinite period of time, however, each unit’s exact expiration date is unknown.
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, locked, stainless steel liquid nitrogen vapor phase dewars in our state-of-the-art facility. The freezers are highly secure, having double locks that require two individuals for accessing the cord blood units.