As discussed in part 1 of this two-part series, blood products continue to increase in cost. While the loss of product due to logistical issues, transportation equipment failure, or other transport difficulties have a financial impact, these issues more importantly can lead to costs measured in human lives. These problems can be mitigated by using blood transport containers that have demonstrated the ability to function in hostile environments.
“The absence of safe blood transport boxes therefore affects the movement of blood and compromises management of the national blood inventory” (WHO, 2002, p. 2).
When considering extreme transportation conditions, the need for a sturdy, reliable, and easy to use blood transportation shipping solution is paramount. Western Australia is such a location where extremes in conditions pose challenges to cold chain logistics and the safe transportation of blood products. This makes it an appropriate testing ground for transportation containers.
Over a four month period, researchers recently tested the AcuTemp® PX3L Universal Courier in a variety of conditions in Western Australia. The AcuTemp Courier is designed for pharmaceutical representatives, healthcare providers, pharmacists, physicians, researchers and couriers who are making “last mile” deliveries of temperature-sensitive products. Using PCM belts to maintain temperature for up to 12 hours, the PX3L has a payload volume of 3.5 liters (216 cubic inches) and a weight of 13.6 kg (6.18 lbs).
The study concluded that the AcuTemp® PX3L Universal Courier was “…simple to assemble, lightweight, and maintained the required internal control temperature for the necessary transport time” (Grey et al., 2015, p. 1). This conclusion was based on the monitoring of blood units transported to 36 sites during the test period. Of the 547 units, three were found to be outside of the target temperature range due to the failure of operators to follow protocol (Grey et al., 2015). The researchers also noted that the PX3L satisfied Australian blood transportation temperature standards, having operated in temperature ranges of 5 to 55 degrees Celsius during the testing period.
The AcuTemp® PX Courier plays an important role in maintaining temperature-sensitive products, are available in three sizes, temperature ranges 2-8°C, frozen, 2-25°C, CRT and a variety of standard and optional mobility enhancements including handles, padded shoulder straps and belt system to allow cart attachment.
Visit the AcuTemp® Universal Courier page to find the right transportation container for your cold chain transportation challenges.
Grey, D., Fong, E., Mendes, R., Gilhooley, G., Cardey, J., & Finlayson, J. (2015). Evaluation of a new transportation container for red cell units in Western Australia. ISBT Science Series, 10(2), 82-86
World Health Organization. (2002). The blood cold chain: Guide to the selection and procurement of equipment and accessories. Geneva: Department of Blood Safety and Clinical Technology, World Health Organization. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/bloodsafety/testing_processing/components/en/BloodColdChain.pdf?ua=1
AcuTemp® Easy to Use, Reusable Mobile Temperature-Sensitive Courier
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