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What about contamination?

Bacterial contamination of stem cell products (either cord blood, bone marrow or peripheral blood) is not a contraindication to storage and samples can be used for transplantation together with antibiotics. Our standard procedure is to continue storage and should the sample be needed for use, the treating physician will be informed of the contamination, and the antibiotic sensitivities of the organism. This practice is consistent with the FACT/Netcord Standard against which we are accredited.