January marks Blood Donation Month. In support, a cord blood collection and storage company have released a guide to blood donations and collections outlining what the different types of blood collection are, who is eligible to give blood, what the different blood groups are and more.
Cord blood collection and storage company, Smart Cells, choose to support several relevant awareness events throughout the year, using their expertise and influence to highlight the key messages of each campaign and encourage support from others where they can. This January, they have created and released a Guide to Blood Donations and Collections.
While campaigns around blood donation are always prevalent and in the forefront of the media at certain times of the year, it is key to recognize that there is always still work to be done in helping people understand what’s so important about considering donating blood.
The Guide to Blood Donations & Collections
The guide created by the team at Smart Cells is available to view and share on their blog. It outlines the following points:
- What the different blood groups are
- Which blood groups are compatible with the donation
- What the different types of blood collection are
- Who is eligible to give blood
- Some conditions that might require blood transfusions
Within the information in an infographic and easy to understand format, they hope to reach more potential blood donors who may not understand the process or why it’s so important and, as such, may not have considered it before.
Shamshad Ahmed, CEO at Smart Cells, commented:
“Using the knowledge of our expert team at Smart Cells to highlight and support important awareness causes such as blood donation and collection is of utmost importance to us. While the risk of running low on supplies of a specific blood type is very small, we wanted to highlight the significance of ensuring that everyone considers making a donation. Our guide does so by outlining how blood donations work so that those who might be worried about the process won’t be put off, as well as explaining what conditions blood donations can help with. The importance of this is something that many don’t truly understand until someone close to them requires a transfusion.”
About Smart Cells
Incorporated in July 2000, Smart Cells was the first cord blood stem cell storage company in the UK. Smart Cells are also the first UK private company to have successfully released stored cord blood units to transplant centers worldwide, to treat children with life-threatening illnesses. Leading the way by using state of the art technology, Smart Cells are ensuring that they are the most technologically advanced and innovative company in the field.
Smart Cells have released more stem cells units for transplant use than any other private cord blood bank in the UK. Find out more about their transplants here https://www.smartcells.com/baby/our-transplants/
Smart Cells have a team of phlebotomists (blood collection specialists) operating on a 24/7 basis. This service has dedicated staff, emergency telephone numbers and call out personnel which saves new parents the inconvenience of having to find, book and manages this service for yourself. They also have partner labs in Spain, South Africa, and Hong Kong as well as a disaster recovery unit with a PLC in the rare event of the company going bankrupt.
The UK lab is situated 3 miles from Heathrow Airport so that all international samples arrive as quickly as possible. Smart Cells have collected samples from over 70 countries and have offices in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and the Far East.