Cord Blood Banking

By JustMommies staff

How to Choose a Cord Blood Banking Facility?

Ensure you store your child's stem cells in a fully accredited cord blood banking facility. Also inquiry about what licenses and certificates of accreditation the facility has. Here is a list of what to look for:

  • Health Care Finance Administration Certificate (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act '88)
  • Accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks
  • Accreditation by the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  • Other state licenses where bank is located.

Sample Testing Performed

ABO/Rh - used to determine the blood type of the donor. ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase) - used in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatic disease, heart disease and hepatotoxicity of some drugs. CHOL - Cholesterol RPR - qualitative screening test for the detection of syphilis. Antibody Screen - used in the detection of unexpected antibodies to red cells in order to prepare or select donor units for transfusion. HIV-1/2(Human Immunodeficiency Virus Types 1 and 2) - - used to detect antibodies to HIV-1 and/or HIV-2 and to identify potentially infectious units of donated blood and plasma. HTLV-I/II (Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Types I & II) - - used as a screen for donated blood to prevent transmission of HTLV-I and HTLV-II to recipients of blood components. HbsAg (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen) - - used as a qualitative and/or semi-quantitative test of total antibody to Hepatitis B Surface Antigen as an aid in the diagnosis of Acute Hepatitis B. NAT (Nucleic Acid Test) - used for screening blood donors at unknown risk for HIV-1 infection. HBC (Hepatitis B core Antibody) -used for the detection of total antibody to Hepatitis B virus core antigen, screening of blood and blood products intended for transfusion and as an aid in the diagnosis of ongoing or previous Hepatitis B virus infection. HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) - used to detect antibody to Hepatitis C Virus CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Total Antibody - used as a screen for the presence of antibody to CMV in blood or plasma donors. NAT-HCV & NAT HIV - - Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) utilizes highly specific probes to detect the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and/or RNA (ribonucleic acid) of the Hepatitis C virus and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Confirmatory Tests performed:

HIV-1 NAT Neutralization Test HbsAg Confirmatory Test (Neutralization) To learn more about Bank Blood Processing, How Samples Are Stored, and Cell Freezing Process. Complete the free information guide request form below.   Learn More: Cord Blood Storage