Cord blood collection is increasingly considered a valuable resource for treating life-threatening diseases. Blood from umbilical cords contains stem cells that can be used in stem cell transplants and therapies to treat diseases. This blog delves into the cord blood collection process and the steps required to preserve the invaluable stem cells.
The Cord Blood Collection Process
Collecting cord blood is basic and harmless to both mother and baby. Here is a detailed description of the cord blood collection:
- A portion of the umbilical cord is left attached to the placenta after the umbilical cord has been double-clamped and cut after the baby’s birth.
- A certified healthcare professional from the stem cell bank collects blood from the umbilical cord using a sterile cord blood collection kit. The cord blood collection kit includes a blood collection container, hypodermic, and tubing.
- Depending on the child’s size, 30 to 180 ml of cord blood can be extracted. The process takes two to three minutes, and neither the mother nor the child is at risk.
- Once the utmost volume possible has been collected, the container is sealed and labeled with the baby’s information.
- The hospital transports the umbilical blood sample to the processing and storage facility of the stem cell bank. Before long-term storage, the sample is examined for quality, infectious diseases, and stem cell count.
Benefits of Cord Blood Banking
Here are some benefits of cord blood banking:
- Access to Life-Saving Therapies
Cord blood stem cells can cure leukaemia, lymphoma, and anaemia. These stem cells may become any blood cell in the body. Preserving cord blood allows for the future availability of stem cells for children or family members requiring transplants.
- Umbilical Cord Preservation for Potential Future Use
While the primary use of cord blood is presently for the treatment of blood disorders, research is ongoing to determine the potential of cord blood stem cells to treat other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism, and diabetes. By preserving umbilical blood, the stem cells may one day be used to treat diseases without cure.
- Provides a Second Chance at Life
A stem cell transplant from cord blood may be the only treatment option for many patients with diseases. Since cord blood contains stem cells with unique properties that can help reconfigure the bone marrow, its use has led to solutions for conditions where bone marrow transplants previously had limited success.
Cord blood collection and banking offers families a life-saving resource for disease treatment using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Its storage allows the future availability of matched stem cells for the baby or family members who may require a stem cell transplant. cord blood preservation provides promise to numerous patients through a straightforward, risk-free procedure performed at the time of birth.
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