Blood plasma donation plays an important role for both healthcare and medical research. But storing blood plasma has specific guidelines that need to be met to maintain its viability. Donated blood is first stored at a local collection site and then transported to a centralized location for distribution. Blood plasma has a short shelf life and specific requirements for storage temperature so it can be used. Meeting these conditions requires high quality refrigeration and freezer equipment. This blog provides guidance on how to store blood plasma and the different types of panel solutions KPSG can provide for blood plasma storage facilities.
Finding the Right Storage Temperature
When blood is donated, it is typically donated as whole blood and then separated into plasma and the other components according to its purpose. However, the storing temperature of blood varies based on the method of collection or use. According to the FDA, whole blood should be refrigerated between 1° C and 6° C (33-42° F) and then separated into plasma and other components. After blood is separated, the blood plasma should be stored in a freezer at a minimum temperature of -20° C (-4° F). The freezing process enables the plasma to maintain its vital chemical components that allow it to be used. Thus, it is crucial to store blood in the given temperature ranges, as blood plasma can lose its efficacy if left at room temperature for too long.
Cold Storage for Donation Centers
Maintaining a stable temperature when storing blood plasma requires strategically designed storage equipment to block warm air from entering. KPS Global provides customized cold storage solutions using cam-lock panels and high-density rail foam frames to meet temperature requirements. We offer a 2-3 combo box with an anti-room, and either one or two freezers or refrigerators. The anti-room is typically set to a temperature range of -10° F to 10° F. It serves as basically a refrigerated lobby and acts as a buffer to block warm air from entering the connecting walk-ins. Connected to the anti-room would be an insulated door on one or both sides leading to the chosen walk-in type. For blood plasma donation centers, a customized combo box provides a more efficient storage solution to preserving plasma by reducing the risk of a temperature drop with the anti-room buffer.
Cold Storage Solution for Distribution Centers
Blood from various collection sites is transferred into larger centralized locations for distribution. This requires large, insulated panel systems and specialized equipment to store huge amounts of plasma. Often, distribution centers use automation with robotics and AI for tracking samples and handling the logistics of transportation. For distribution centers, KPS Global can provide customized insulated panel systems using our CLP panels. Our CLP panels are specifically designed for large projects. They can reach up to 40 feet in height and maintain a temperature between -30° F and -40° F. Additionally, CLP panels can be customized to fit size requirements and customer needs.
Blood Plasma Storage With KPS Global
At KPSG we understand the importance of controlling the storage environment. With this in mind, we have intentionally designed our panel systems with the ability to maintain and preserve specific conditions. For blood plasma storage, maintaining the correct temperature is crucial and we have the capabilities to make that process easier. Most importantly, we have a company of experts dedicated to fulfilling any project needs. With in-house engineering and design teams, KPSG provides the perfect solution for blood plasma storage. Correctly storing blood plasma can save lives, and KPSG is committed to ensuring that quality of the cold chain.