Table 1-3. Biochemical changes of red cells stored in additive systems for 35 days.
1-19. REFRIGERATION OF BLOOD
a. Blood-storage refrigerators should contain only blood, blood components,
reagents for blood bank tests, and blood samples from patients and donors. All
samples in test tubes should be stoppered or sealed with parafilm. The temperature
must be maintained in all areas of the refrigerator between 1C and 6C. Blood storage
refrigerators should be designed with adequate fans and circulating spaces so that the
designated temperature is maintained throughout the refrigerator. Separate areas in
blood storage refrigerators should be clearly designated and labeled for: (1)
unprocessed blood, (2) labeled blood, (3) cross-matched blood, (4) rejected or
quarantined blood. Separate shelves or areas should be labeled for the various blood
groups and types.