What's in Maze's Kit?
Maze provides a state-of-the-art collection kit and all the supplies needed for cord blood and tissue collection:
- All documentation for parents and Physician Instructions
- The FDA NDA Approved Pall cord blood collection bag containing CPD, an FDA approved anti-coagulant which is Heparin-free
- The Pall cord blood collection bag is sterile inside and out, so that it can go into the operating room for C-Section
- The kit also includes: needles, iodine swabs for disinfecting, blood tubes for maternal testing, and labels for identifying the samples.
The Pall Cord Blood Collection Bag and How it Works
The Pall Cord Blood collection bag is used for safe and convenient cord blood collection for vaginal births and Cesarean sections. The Pall cord blood collection bag:
- Eliminates the need for extension sets or questions about sterility.
- Pall’s Cord Blood Sterile Collection Bag is suitable for ALL cord blood collections whether within a sterile field in a cesarean section, or for cord blood collection during a vaginal birth. The Sterile Collection Bag accommodates either delivery method at a moment’s notice with no additional parts or assembly required for use.
- Maximizes the final cell number with the Sterile Collection Bag, designed to accommodate up to 210 mL of cord blood. An in-line sterile air vent aids in recovery of cord blood from the tubing, and the unique bag shape helps to maximize the recovery of cell-rich plasma.
- Has In-line DonorCare® Needleguard, which ensures safer cord blood collection by providing an added level of safety for collection staff against accidental needlestick injuries.
- Is FDA NDA approved and CE marked under the Medical Devices Directive for the collection of cord blood.
Pall Cord Blood Sterile Collection Bag Features
- For the collection of umbilical cord blood from either a vaginal birth or within the sterile field of a cesarean section.
- Anticoagulant type and volume are specifically selected for cord blood collection to ensure a robust and easy-to-use process:
- Bag with 250 mL fill volume
- Set contains 35 mL of Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD) anticoagulant
- Permits the collection of up to 210 mL of cord blood
- Innovative packaging and the sterilization process result in a collection bag that can be used safely within the sterile surgical field.
- Unique collection bag shape maximizes the recovery of cell-rich plasma.
- The in-line sterile air vent permits the recovery of blood without the need to strip tubing; a process that can lead to cell damage. The tethered cap on the vent ensures that there are no loose parts in the sterile field.
- Needle contains a finger-friendly contoured hub with a “bevel up” indicator to facilitate a secure needle stick into the umbilical vein.
- DonorCare Needleguard is a simple but effective method for protecting against accidental needle-stick injuries to collection staff.
- In-line spike entry port/tubing is compatible with sterile connection devices. This permits connection to other blood processing components by any preferred means. It also provides a back-up system for sterile connection device failure or lack of availability.
- Multiple-use sampling port permits sample for testing and facilitates the addition of solutions such as sedimenting agents.
Heparin-Free Cord Blood Collection Bags
At Maze, we use Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD), which is the safest, most effective anticoagulant used in the industry today. CPD is needed for collection in order to prevent the cord blood from clotting while in transit to our lab. CPD is recommended and approved by the FDA as the preferred anticoagulant for blood collection.7
The other anticoagulant used in the cord blood banking industry is lyophilized or dry heparin. Heparin is not recommended by the FDA or the transplant community. The use of Heparin as an anticoagulant with cord blood is discouraged because it begins to break down 12 hours after blood collection. This breakdown can lead to the formation of blood clots, which may render your baby’s cord blood unfit for processing.8
In 2009, data was published in an American Society of Hematology abstract that showed that cord blood units collected with liquid CPD preserved 30% higher TNC counts and 58% higher CD34+ cells (indicators of the number of viable stem cells) than units collected with heparin.9
More cells in storage means better outcomes for families in the future.