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Equipping Your Blood Bank: Essential Equipment

By CME Corp Staff | June 4, 2024

In the world of healthcare, blood banks play a vital role in life saving by processing and storing essential blood products used for transfusions. To ensure the seamless operation of a blood bank, having the right equipment in place is imperative.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the benefits and features of equipment essential to blood banks.

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Essential Blood Bank Equipment

Refrigerated Centrifuge: The Heart of the Operations

The refrigerated centrifuge is the backbone of any blood bank operation. Used to separate blood components such as plasma, platelets, and red blood cells, this equipment is essential for any blood bank.

With features designed to maintain precise temperature control, refrigerated centrifuges ensure the integrity of blood products which ultimately improves patient outcomes.

To ensure refrigerated centrifuges deliver efficient and reliable performance separating biological samples look for these key features:

  • Temperature Control
  • Variable Speed and Acceleration
  • Variability Rotor Compatibility
  • Automatic lid locks, imbalance detection
  • Capacity
  • Low Noise and Vibration

Blood Bank Refrigerator: Keeping it Cool

A blood bank refrigerator is specifically designed to store blood products at optimal temperatures, between 1°C and 6°C. With features such as uniform temperature distribution and precise temperature control, these refrigerators ensure the longevity and quality of blood products, reducing the risk of spoilage and waste.

Consider these key features to ensure your blood bank refrigerator meets the stringent requirements for storing blood products safely and safeguards their quality and efficacy.

  • Temperature Control and Monitoring
  • Uniform Temperature Distribution
  • Shelving and Drawers for Interior Storage
  • Security Features
  • Backup Power Supply
  • Capacity
  • Alarm Systems
  • Data Logging and Recording

Blood Bank Freezers: For the Long term 

Blood bank freezers are specialized units designed to preserve blood and blood components at low temperatures to maintain their viability. There are two types commonly found in hospitals and donation centers – Plasma Freezers and Red Cell Freezers.

Plasma Freezers have a temperature range between -30°C and -40°C. As the name suggests, these freezers store fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate.

Red Cell Freezers support temperatures around -80°C and are used for the long-term storage of red blood cells, especially for rarer blood types. These freezers are commonly used by the military and for disaster preparedness.

Look for these key features when selecting a blood bank freezer:

  • Temperature Control
  • Alarm Systems
  • Shelving and Drawers to Maximize Interior Space
  • Backup Power System
  • Compliance with Regulatory Standards


Hematology Analyzer: Ensuring Quality

A hematology analyzer is indispensable for assessing the quality of blood products and ensuring they meet regulatory standards. These advanced instruments provide accurate and rapid analysis of blood samples, enabling healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about transfusion compatibility and patient care.

When vetting hematology analyzers, look for these key features to ensure the equipment delivers accurate and reliable results and operates efficiently.

  • Validated Performance Data
  • Complete Blood Count Parameters
  • High Throughput and Speed
  • Sample Volume Requirements
  • Automation & Integration
  • Touchscreen display

Automated Blood Group Analyzer: Streamlining Processes

An automated blood group analyzer streamlines the process of blood typing and cross-matching, saving valuable time and resources in blood banks. By automating these critical tasks, healthcare providers can improve efficiency, reduce errors, and increase patient safety.

To ensure automated blood group analyzers contribute to efficient and reliable blood group testing, look for the following features when evaluating blood group analyzers.

  • Accuracy
  • Speed
  • Throughput
  • Flexibility
  • Automation Level
  • Quality Control
  • Safety Features

Blood Bag Tube Sealer: Enhancing Safety

A blood bag sealer is essential for securing blood bags after collection. Sealed bags prevent contamination and ensure the integrity of blood products. These sealers use advanced sealing technology to create airtight seals that also minimize the risk of leaks and spills during storage and transportation.

Consider the following features when evaluating blood bag tube sealers to ensure reliable and efficient sealing.

  • Sealing Mechanism
  • Adjustable Sealing Parameters
  • Fast Sealing Speed
  • Wheels and Handles for Portability

Platelet Incubator: Preserving Viability

Platelet incubators are engineered to store platelet concentrates at optimal temperatures, preserving their viability. By maintaining precise temperature and humidity levels these incubators extend the shelf life of platelets, maximizing their therapeutic efficacy.

When selecting platelet incubators, look for features that create optimal conditions for platelet storage as well as maintaining quality and viability. Consider these features when evaluating platelet incubators.

  • Temperature Control
  • Uniform Temperature Control
  • Humidity Control
  • Adjustable Agitation
  • Monitoring and Alarms
  • Built in Data Logging
  • Security Features

Platelet Agitator: Preventing Clumping

Platelet agitators are essential for preventing the clumping of platelets during storage and ensuring uniform distribution in the concentrate, for maximum viability. These agitators gently rotate platelet concentrates, keeping them in suspension to prevent aggregation. This process is critical for the preservation of the quality of the platelets.

When selecting platelet agitators, it’s essential to consider features that ensure proper agitation and preservation of platelet quality. Here are key features to look for:

  • Adjustable Agitation
  • Uniform Agitation
  • Temperature Control
  • Adjustable Shelving
  • Audible and Visual Alarms
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Data Logging and Recording


CME is Your Blood Bank Equipment Partner

In addition to helping to source the best blood bank equipment for your needs and budget, CME Corp. is the only medical equipment distributor to offer logistics, direct-to-site delivery, and  biomedical services.

Our Logistics and Direct-To-Site service teams can receive, inspect, assemble, deliver, and install your blood bank equipment when it is convenient for you.

Inspecting and testing new equipment can drain the resources of a healthcare facility’s biomed team and delay the installation of new blood bank equipment. Biomedical services have been at the heart of CME for over 35 years. With this expert experience we are ready to support your biomed team to ensure all your blood bank equipment is installed, tested, and ready for service.

Our BMETs can also work with your facility to establish equipment maintenance and repair plans focused on ensuring the reliability of your blood bank equipment and compliance with applicable regulations.

Click CHAT to begin a conversation about your blood bank equipment needs with one of our medical equipment experts.

About CME: CME Corp is the nation’s premier source for healthcare equipmentturnkey logistics, and biomedical services, representing 2 million+ products from more than 2,000 manufacturers. With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.

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