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Is The Nextgen System The Best Cord Blood Collection Kit?

If you are considering storing your newborn’s stem cells, there is a lot to know and understand about the collection process. Depending on what stem cells you are looking to store, you may want to consider your options when it comes to choosing the right cord blood collection kit. At AlphaCord, we currently use the […]

If you are considering storing your newborn’s stem cells, there is a lot to know and understand about the collection process. Depending on what stem cells you are looking to store, you may want to consider your options when it comes to choosing the right cord blood collection kit. At AlphaCord, we currently use the FDA-approved industry standard, a 2-chamber storage bag designed to hold 25mL (one 5mL chamber and one 20mL chamber) of cord blood stem cells. However, we also offer a 5-chamber storage bag option for families who wish to collect and store more of their baby’s stem cells. 

In this blog, we will dive deeper into the NextGen Collection System and discuss how it differs from our standard storage bags.

What is the NextGen Cord Blood Collection Kit?

If you want premium storage when it comes to your newborn’s precious stem cells, then you may want to choose NextGen Collection System. Essentially, when you choose this option, you are choosing the option to collect and store more than double the volume of our standard bags. The NextGen bag is a 5-chamber storage system that can hold up to 250 mL.

The collection process itself works the same way, but your NextGen bag does have a real-time volume collection indicator, which allows hospital staff to instantly see the amount of blood being collected. Seeing collection volumes in real-time typically results in significantly higher recovery volumes.

Our system incorporates a proprietary rinsing pouch containing an anti-clotting agent. When clinicians activate the pouch, it pushes the valuable cord blood remaining in the tubing into your bag. This maximizes the recovery of your child’s cord blood stem cells while minimizing the risk of clotting.

The two 12-Gauge Needles are used to maximize the amount of cord blood collected. The 12 Gauge diameter allows more blood to freely flow into the collection bag & an additional needle allows for a second insertion, collecting more stem cells.

What Are The Benefits of NextGen Collection System?

So what are the benefits of choosing a premium storage option like NextGen? Well, for starters, it has five separate chambers, which allows for five different stem cell treatments for your family. It also only costs $59 more than our standard 2-chamber bags. 

Here are the main advantages of choosing NextGen: 

  • Future Use Cases
    Your physician can use one or more of the 5 chambers at any given time. This flexibility gives you the most options for using stem cells now and having some for future uses. Having five chambers means other family members may also have access to these cells.
  • More Stem Cell Treatments
    Your newborn’s stem cells could be used for up to five different treatments.
  • Testing & Directed Research
    When advances in stem cell research occur, having a 5 compartment storage bag allows your family the benefit of participating in life-saving clinical trials without using all of your stem cells.

Still have more questions regarding NextGen and how it differs from the standard 2-chamber storage bags? We’ve compiled the most commonly asked questions below to help you better understand the differences, so you can choose the option that is right for your family.

1. How much more can the NextGen System collect?
This cord blood collection kit can collect up to 250mL

2. Why does NextGen have two collection needles?
NextGen has two collection needles (two 12-Gauge needles) to maximize the amount of cord blood collected. Once blood stops flowing through the first needle, the second needle is inserted closer to the placenta. This allows for even more blood to flow to the NextGen bag. Our 12-Gauge diameter needles are far wider than those found in our competitors bag. Wider needles mean more blood collected.

3. How can we tell how much cord blood has been collected?
Our collection bag is currently the only one on the market that has a real-time volume indicator (as we mentioned above). Having this feature allows staff to see volume levels.

4. What is the rinsing pouch used for?
The rinsing pouch pushes the cord blood remaining in the tubing into the actual collection bag. With other systems, the blood remains in the tubing. This makes it unavailable for processing and storage. The anti-clotting agent within the rinsing pouch also helps minimize the risk of clots forming in the collection line.

If you are unsure about what decision is right for your family and would like to speak to someone at AlphaCord, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about the NextGen cord blood collection kit or any other concerns that you may have.

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