Sonoco ThermoSafe, one of Entropy Solutions' strategic partners, has introduced a new reusable container for the transport and temporary storage of red blood cells and platelets.
The Via Blood Transporter
maintains red blood cells at 1-6° Celsius for eight hours during transport and 1-10° C for the temporary storage of blood product for a minimum of 12 hours. The container is made of expanded polypropylene and features PureTemp biobased phase change material.
“The Via Blood Transporter was designed in accordance with blood bank user feedback,” said Marianne Hoonakker-Kelly, Sonoco ThermoSafe business development and market manager. “Unique and innovative features such as the front platelet pouch and affixed assembly instructions not only promote compliance, transport efficiencies and minimized risk of loss due to mishandling – they ultimately promote patient safety. Given the cost pressures applied to health care systems, products like the Via Blood Transporter are critical as they ensure recommended temperature protection while preventing the waste and loss of valuable blood product.”
About Sonoco ThermoSafe
Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON), is a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and other temperature-sensitive products. Sonoco ThermoSafe shipping solutions mitigate risk for our customers and ensure product efficacy throughout the extremes of a supply chain. With operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Sonoco ThermoSafe has a vast product offering featuring industry-leading technology that encompasses refrigerated, frozen or controlled room temperature applications. In addition, Sonoco ThermoSafe's ISC Labs® design and testing services deliver individualized and innovative packaging solutions along with qualification and validation services to meet all regulatory requirements. More information can be found at www.thermosafe.com
About Entropy Solutions
Entropy Solutions is a biobased specialty chemical company with offices in Plymouth, Minn., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Its PureTemp PCM technology is the world’s first 100 percent renewable-based phase change material. Entropy partners with leading product development companies in the shipping, construction, textile, health care and alternative energy industries, among others. PureTemp has received global recognition, including the DuPont Diamond Innovation Award, and recently earned biobased certification from the USDA. To learn more, visit www.puretemp.com