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Umbilical cord blood banks - Playing key role in cord blood storage
cord blood bank is a place where cord blood is stored and preserved. Cord
blood has been found to be a lifesaver for a number of people affected
by blood related curable afflictions that need bone marrow transplantation
or similar stem cell related treatment.
These umbilical cord blood bank centers have special storage facilities where the cord blood can be preserved for a long time until it is required for a treatment or surgery.
A lot of awareness has been created on the need and importance of storage of umbilical cord blood, and hence the service offered by such a bank centers towards this purpose.
There are also a few who question the services of such banks and most of such criticism is directed towards private umbilical cord blood bank procedures.
The primary accusation is that, these banks charge their customers a substantial sum to store cord blood and reserve it for future needs within their family use.
This raises ethical questions regarding the price of life and whether such a service should be available only to the few rich and affordable families.
a trend towards reserving the cord blood will also reduce the quantity
of cord blood available through donations to the public umbilical cord
blood bank centers and thus patients in need of cord blood might not be
able to get them when required.
These public umbilical cord blood bank centers do not charge the umbilical cord blood donors who might not have a need personally for their own children, but who choose to donate for other childrens sake.
umbilical cord blood banks provide anonymity for the donors and the receivers,
which help in retaining the objectivity of the service, in providing the
blood to the needy at the correct time