Table 1.

Blood processing treatments, simulating variable storage and shipping times

TreatmentDescriptionTime between collection and freezing (h)
AImmediate processing and storage<2
BOptimal study protocol32
    8 h refrigerated storage
    24 h shipping with gel pack
CMinor delay, due to evening or weekend clinic72
    24 h refrigerated storage
    48 h shipping with gel pack
DMajor delay, due to weather emergency or accidental mishandling144
    72 h refrigerated storage
    72 h shipping with gel pack