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Cord Blood Processing Time

The one factor having the greatest impact on stem cell viability is time.

The primary reason for banking your baby's cord blood and cord tissue stem cells is to ensure the best chance of survival if your family is ever faced with a critical disease or condition. Having more viable stem cells promotes faster recovery and decreases the risk of infection and other transplant-related complications.1

Umbilical cord blood should be processed within 12 hours of collection.2 Processing within 12 hours of collection yields the highest margin of cell recovery, as well as the highest percentage of stem cell colony-forming units (CFU), which grow into life-saving human tissue.

TimeCritical Processing

Many cord blood banks report an average time from collection to processing of 24 hours or more. Specimens processed just 24 hours after collection result in a significant loss of mononucleated cells (MNC) and stem cell colony forming units compared to those processed within the first 12 hours after cord blood collection.

MiracleCord has the unique ability to process your baby's cord blood and cord tissue within 12 hours of collection.3

1 Wagner JE, Barker JN, DeFor TE, Baker KS, Blazar BR, Eide C, Goldman A, Kersey J, Krivit W, MacMillan ML, Orchard PJ, Peters C, Weisdorf DJ, Ramsay NKC, Davies SM. 2002. Transplantation of unrelated donor umbilical cord blood in 102 patients with malignant and nonmalignant diseases: Influence of CD34 cell dose and HLA disparity on treatment-related mortality and survival. Blood 100 (5): 1611-1618.

2 Shlebak AA, Marley SB, Roberts IAG, Davidson RJ, Goldman JM, Gordon MY. 1999. Optimal timing for processing and cryopreservation of umbilical cord hematopoietic stem cells for clinical transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation 23: 131-136.

3 MiracleCord has the ability to process cord blood specimens within 12 hours of collection, subject to certain conditions beyond MiracleCord's control.