How is core blood procured?
Cord blood is procured after an uncomplicated delivery (vaginal or caesarean section) using a procedure which is not harmful to the mother or the newborn. The procurement process does not require the physician and midwife to change the usual delivery management procedure. The child is separated from the placenta by severing the umbilical cord at least 30-60 seconds after birth. While the placenta is still in the womb, the umbilical cord is disinfected after which the umbilical vein is pierced with a syringe connected to a bag, which enables the collection of as much of the blood remaining in the placenta as possible. In most cases the procurement process takes around 5 minutes, as after that time frame normal coagulation processes start taking place in the umbilical cord and placenta. Cord blood procurement is painless, simple and safe for the mother and child.
How to donate and how is it stored?
Core blood is stored in the Ana Rukavina Public Cord Blood Bank in the Clinical Department for Transfusion Medicine and Transplantation Biology of the University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Kišpatićeva 12.
Phone: 01 23 88 708
You can donate cord blood for the public bank in 23 delivery centres in Croatia in which the Ana Rukavina Cord Blood Bank has conducted an education programme licensing the staff to procure cord blood. The delivery centres hold cord blood procurement kits, while the Bank organises the transportation of the procured blood from the delivery centre to the Bank.
Apart from the delivery centres in Zagreb, you can donate cord blood in other cities, such as: Rijeka, Pula, Split, Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, Metković, Knin, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Karlovac, Sisak, Čakovec, Virovitica, Vinkovci, Koprivnica, Varaždin and Zabok.
In the delivery centres in Zagreb you can donate cord blood 24/7.
In the delivery centres outside Zagreb we can only collect donations on working days, that is from Sunday 3 P.M. until Friday 1 P.M. This is so because the process organisation depends on the working hours of delivery services, as cord blood must be processed and stored within 48 hours after the delivery of the child.