10 Questions to Ask Every Cord Blood Bank

It’s often hard to know what to ask when choosing a cord blood bank.  There is a lot of information to think about, making sorting out the choices confusing.

We want to make things simple.  Cord blood stem cells don’t regenerate, meaning there is only a limited amount available for future use.  Therefore, recovering the maximum number of stem cells is the highest priority.  It’s also important that the stem cells are safe for transplant and that they will be available  for as long as you may need them.

Don’t be fooled!

Some banks entice you with claims based on their record stem cell yield. Your individual results depend on two things: the amount of cord blood collected and the amount of stem cells recovered from it.

Since the volume of blood is determined in the delivery room, the question to answer is “Which cord blood bank can get the most stem cells out of my cord blood collection volume?”

Understand the facts behind stem cell recovery

The processing method makes all the difference in the number of stem cells recovered. Simply put, to get the most stem cells from any cord blood collection, choose the bank with the best processing method.

Our PREMIERMAX® method is clinically proven to be far superior, recovering almost 75% of the stem cells. Most banks use hetastarch, a first generation method which recovers only slightly more than half the stem cells (1).

Ensure transplant safety

When it’s time for a transplant, your stem cells must be as free from contaminants as possible. The biggest worry is red blood cells.

The fewer the red blood cells, the safer the transplant. Red blood cells tend not to survive the freezing and thawing process. Their cell membranes rupture, spilling the contents, which include the hemoglobin and empty membrane sacks called red cell “ghosts”. This debris can make patients sick following transplant.

Our PREMIERMAX® method removes 98.5% of the red blood cells, compared to 33.45% for hetastarch – a clear difference.

In terms of transplant safety, the cryo-preservative is also something to think about. Chemicals that protect stem cells during freezing can lead to adverse reactions following transplant. We use a cyro-preservative that is less toxic, so that the patient’s body can fight the disease, not the cure.

Trust that your stem cells will be there 25 years from now

You’re banking stem cells for the future, so you’ll want to be confident you’ve got the best team behind you.

Look for a company that has invested in the business, has a history in the cord blood industry, and is experienced in testing, processing, and storing cord blood stem cells.

Unlike marketing companies who don’t own a lab, we’re a full-service cord blood bank that supports you from collection through transplant.

Why take chances, when you won’t know how much cord blood in your collection until your baby is born?  At that point, it’s too late to change banks.  Look for the best processing method and for experience to get the best results.

  1. The Cell Therapy Research Institute and the NewCastle Centers for Cord Blood published a study concluding the reagent used in our PREMIERMAX® method is superior to hetastarch.
  2. Subject to the conditions detailed in our Terms and Conditions.
  3. Based on our prepaid storage option, including collection, processing and 20 years of storage.
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Deborah A. Sardone

Ms. Sardone has over 30 years of clinical laboratory experience as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Supervisor, including over 25 years with Central Florida Regional Hospital (CFRH). She was Supervisor of Quality Assurance, Safety and Education at CFRH for 11 years, held the positions of Blood Bank Supervisor for 11 years, and Hematology Supervisor for 1 year. She has participated in both sides of the inspection process, serving on the College of American Pathologists Inspection team for CAP Hospital Accreditation in Florida, and assisting in receiving accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the inspections of the clinical laboratory. Ms. Sardone is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology and Clinical Chemistry. She is a certified Clinical Laboratory Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Ms. Sardone serves as Manager of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Cord For Life, Inc. overseeing all licensing and regulatory agencies to ensure that the highest quality in all aspects of cord blood collection, processing, and storage is maintained.  Ms. Sardone has been with Cord For Life for over 5 years of dedicated service. Her skills and knowledge in blood banking and quality assurance have enabled her to establish, implement and maintain a superior quality system that meets and exceeds all standards and regulatory requirements for Cord For Life, Inc.

Personal Background:

  • Sardone is a graduate of The City University of New York in Medical Laboratory Technology.
  • Sardone is licensed in Florida as a Clinical Medical Technologist and she is nationally recognized as ASCP Certified.
  • Sardone enjoys photography and dancing.

Kelli Cable

Ms. Cable has 35+ years – experience in Office, Management, Human Resources, & Customer Service. As the Director of Administration and Client Services, Ms. Cable joined Cord for Life in December 2006, and has assisted in providing more efficient and effective ways to ease the enrollment process, as well as obtaining and establishing excellent customer care during the enrollment and donation period; for our Storage and Donation customers.

Personal Background:

  • Mrs. Cable is married and has two boys.
  • In 1994, Ms. Cable moved to Orlando from Boulder, Colorado.
  • Has a passion for travel and enjoys watching NFL games, cheering on her favorite team, the Denver Broncos.

Donald Hudspeth

Mr. Hudspeth has over 28 years of clinical laboratory experience as a certified Medical Technologist (ASCP), including ten years with the University of North Carolina Hospitals and 18 years with Cord for Life. Mr. Hudspeth is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Pathology and Microbiology as well as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and has completed the AABB Certification in Cellular Therapies through George Washington University.

Mr. Hudspeth is a registered Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a member of the Cord Blood Association. He has also enjoyed teaching Immunology to Clinical Laboratory Science and medical school students at UNC while working in the UNCH clinical labs.  Mr. Hudspeth is an Eagle Scout with 5 palms and has served numerous volunteer positions within the local Scouts BSA Troop and Pack.

Personal Background:

  • Mr. Hudspeth received his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • “Eagle Scout with Five Palms”
  • Avid golfer with a 14 handicap.

Sara Irrgang, M.D

During the last two years of Medical School, Dr. Irrgang was in the United States Navy 1915 Ensign Program and completed a clerkship at the Naval Hospital at Charleston, South Carolina as well as a research clerkship at the Naval Aerospace Institute at Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Irrgang completed her four year Pathology residency at Baylor University Medical Center, and her internship at the University District Hospital, Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Currently, Dr. Irrgang is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and licensed in the states of South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey and Florida and she is an Associate Medical Examiner at the District Nine Medical Examiners Office. Dr. Irrgang is a fellow at numerous organizations including; The College of American Pathologists, National Association of Medical Examiners, Florida Association of Medical Examiners, Seminole County Medical Society, and the Florida Medical Society.

Personal Background:

  • Dr. Irrgang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina.
  • Attended the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston where she earned a Medical Doctorate Degree.
  • Dr. Irrgang has a passion for breeding show horses
  • Dr. Irrgang is a 4-H leader in Lake County, Florida
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