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How to Collect Cord Blood Carefully
Of late it
has become a well known fact that the umbilical cord blood collected from
newly born babies has a great utility in serving those with a curable
blood related disorders. Considering this, it does seem a surprise that
there is not much awareness on the process of cord blood collection.
Recently hospitals, public and private cord blood banks provide a lot of information, pamphlets and reference material to train the obstetricians, mid wives and parents about the various uses of cord blood, its collection, storage, preservation, retrieval etc. It is very essential that the hospital staff involved in the delivery of a baby is trained about the process of cord blood collection. In order to collect, immediately after the umbilical cord is cut, the remnant blood cells present inside the cut umbilical cord will be poured inside a bag, specifically used for collecting this blood.
blood is then sent to a cord blood bank which performs specific tests
to ensure that the stem cells are free of any infection or disease. Cord
blood collection is the first step in the process of storage and preservation
of these stem cells for a future use. Once tested and found eligible,
the blood is preserved by adding special chemical agents and stored in
specially made containers where the blood can be stored for periods of
up to ten years.