The devices need roughly half an hour to warm up to function; clinicians tend to leave them plugged in 24/7 which increases energy use. When devices are ready to work, the actual thawing and warming takes up to half an hour.
Due to longer than necessary wait times for warming and thawing blood, plasma and tissue excess product is processed and becomes waste.
Tracking and monitoring actual product bag or vial temperature as it thaws is hit or miss with only ambient temperature being reported delivering inconsistent results.
Water dependent devices cannot record real time processing on their own forcing technicians and doctors to use separate and often hand written tracking and recording.
Current devices rely on 3 to 5 gallons/11.25 to 19 liters of heated water making them big and heavy requiring permanent lab bench space near a wet sink while being energy hogs. If moved they require extensive calibration, sanitization and maintenance.
Current devices need wet sinks for routine use and, like a fish tank, require twice weekly water changes with sanitization. Water also corrodes and increase the risk of cross contamination. Noisy agitation is required to mix the product.
The ZipThaw® Solution
ZipThaw makes plasma thawing easier and safer. It is a portable, dry, quiet, small-footprint, lightweight device that requires almost no maintenance. ZipThaw has FDA clearance, CE Mark, ISO certification, AABB Standards Compliance and UL listing for thawing fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and plasma frozen within 24 hours after phlebotomy (FP24).
ZipThaw® features an integrated barcode reader and software for easy tracking and data capture of the entire thawing process. The device plugs into a standard outlet and costs less to operate using far less energy than the competition.
ZipThaw is lightweight and features a sturdy, built-in carrying handle. You can easily move the device, either by hand or on a cart. Bring it to the patient in the OR, procedure room, bedside or trauma location.
ZipThaw has a touch screen with a user friendly interface.
How It Works
Place a frozen bag of plasma into a ZipSleeve™.
This patented disposable component is multi-use and leak-proof. Putting frozen product into ZipSleeve protects the device, prevents contamination, and works with ZipThaw for rapid thawing. If a bag of plasma ruptures, simply toss out the ZipSleeve.
With the frozen plasma in a ZipSleeve, place it into one of the two ZipThaw chambers.
In short order, the plasma is thawed to your specification with software recording its progress every step of the way. Data is easily transferred via the USB and ethernet port.
ZipThaw® is AABB Compliant.
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