I am a nursing student and I was considering writing a paper on saving umbilical blood for use later on in life and was wondering if anyone has any information of opinions.
Nov 1, '01
Private Umbilical Cord Blood Banks cost $300-400 initially, then $50-100/year for 15 to 20 years. They freeze the stem cells using cryopreservation.
Pros: * Stem cells in UCB are more primitive than those in
* They carry lower risk of graft rejection
* Harvesting UCB poses no risk to mother or child
* Potential uses of cord blood stem cells are likely to
* Samples can be matched and used for a sibling or close
Cons: * Presently, the odds that the average baby will ever use
its banked cord blood are only 4 in 10,000
* The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement
against cord blood banking - costs are high and odds of
use are low
*Diseases which require transplantation of blood stem cells
are still very rare - look at family history
* Long-term viability of samples are about 15 years
*There may not be enough stem cells in a sample for a
successful transplant as the child grows older
Sources of stem cells: 1) Adult bone marrow
2) Umbilical Cord blood
Ongoing research is pointing towards the use of embryonic stem cells, which are far superior.
Feb 18, '02
new policy at our hospital: cord blood collections must be arranged between the physician and the patient! L&D staff may NOT participate in any way with the collection or labeling of blood.
our risk-management team went bonkers when it found out that earlier we were facillitating cord blood collections with the families and the doctors! Imagine the liability if something went wrong with the collection or labeling! Hmmmm
Feb 18, '02
Our hospital residents have an arrangement going with the Cord Blood Bank. We collect the Cord Blood and send it in for donor blood if anyone needs it. I think that's a great idea since we are doing so much with it especially stem cell research. Why should we just throw it away just to have someone else kill a fetus to research the same thing? If we have parents who would like to have it saved, they must have already arranged it privately with the bank. We then gather the specimens for them and they arrange for the pick up. It doesn't leave their sight. So no chance of mix up there.
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