The cord blood that is donated is stored in a database known as registries. These provide information and details regarding the cord blood units. The registries are used to search for cord blood stem cell matches. Cord blood contains blood-forming cells that may be used to save lives of people with life-threatening diseases. If you are to donate cord blood, you will have to talk about it to the doctor or midwife and see if that is possible.
Some hospitals don’t collect cord blood, so you should find out if yours does do that. When cord blood is collected, there is information that is stored in the cord blood registry database. After a cord blood unit is collected and taken to the bank for processing and storage, it is checked to ensure it has adequate cell dose or blood volume. If it is found that the unit contains few cells, it may be preserved for use in research to help improve the transplantation procedures or aid in investigating new therapies. Sometimes, it may be discarded.
The blood is also checked to ensure it is not contaminated. The blood is also tissue types before it is listed on the registry of the cold blood bank. Cord blood registry comprises a listing of donated cord blood units. If there is a patient who need to have a stem cell transplant, a search is conducted from the cold blood registry to find which one matches the patient’s requirement.
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- Donating Umbilical Cord Blood to a Public Bank. Available at https://bloodcell.transplant.hrsa.gov/cord/options/donating/index.html
- Donating cord blood to a public bank. Available at https://www.babycenter.com/0_donating-cord-blood-to-a-public-bank_1356495.bc