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How Cord Blood Banks Are Coping

Like most businesses and organizations in the current pandemic, cord blood and perinatal tissue banks have two priorities: keeping their staff safe and managing enormous financial pressures. 

But banks also have unique responsibilities and challenges collecting, managing, protecting and distributing a precious health care resource.

Provided below are links to narrated video reports from three banks that, like everyone else, are feeling their way through this challenging time. They are presentations given Monday in a virtual meeting of an advisory committee to the U.S. Health Resource and Services Administration.

No bank has perfect answers because situations differ and even the smartest strategies have not been outcomes-tested in an environment like we’re all experiencing today. But much can be gained by comparing, contrasting and learning how others are coping and stepping up their game to meet the enormous challenge.

 

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Public Cord Blood Banking in the Carolinas
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the NMDP Cord Blood Advisory Group

 

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Public Cord Blood Banking in Cleveland
Marcie Finney, MS, MBA discusses how COVID-19 impacts Cleveland Cord Blood Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Public Cord Blood Banking in Seattle
David Lin, MD, MHA discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Bloodworks in Seattle, Washington.