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Shipping the cord blood unit for transplantation.

After one or more cord blood units have been selected for transplantation, the Transplant Center may request shipment, on a specific date, scheduled to arrive before the patient begins conditioning to prepare for the transplant.

For shipment, the unit is placed in a CryoShipper, a cylindrical container that stores liquid nitrogen within the shipper's honey-combed walls and maintains the inside temperature under minus 150C for up to 7 days. A temperature monitor measures continuously and documents the temperature inside the shipper. The integrity of each shipper and its ability to retain cold, are validated before each shipment. The CryoShipper is placed within an outer container and holds the temperature only if maintained in an upright position, which keeps the liquid nitrogen properly in the CryoShipper. The cord blood is sent to the Transplant Centers; in the U.S. by overnight courier and elsewhere, by the fastest courier service available. We track each shipment through to its arrival and confirm its receipt in proper condition.


Anthony Dones

Anthony Dones was transplanted with an unrelated cord blood unit from the NYBC's National Cord Blood Program to treat osteopetrosis, a genetic disease of the bone. The transplant stopped his disease. He turned seven years old in July 2009.

NCBP Shipment to Transplant Center - Shipping  Container, NCBP unit, Cryoshipper (<-150 degrees C for 7 days)