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The Umbilicup is a cord blood collection device used primarily to extract umbilical cord blood samples used by labs to test blood type and Rh factor.

The Umbilicup allows for cord blood to be drawn without the utilization of an exposed sharp needle, which helps prevent needlestick injuries during the cord blood extraction process. The Umbilicup is also used for the collection of large volume blood and for the entrapment of blood gases.

“Health care facilities are mandated to select, evaluate, and implement safety engineered sharps devices...”

The Umbilicup was created by a group of medical professionals who set out to find a safe and cost effective way to extract cord blood. The invention of Umbilicup has redefined cord blood collection and is currently being used in more than 80 hospitals in 28 states in addition to numerous HIV testing labs throughout the world.

The Umbilicup is a patented device (U.S. Patent 5,432,328).  Click here to learn more about how Umbilicup is used to protect hospital and delivery room personnel.

Minimize Needlestick Risk with the Umbilicup

The Facts:

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  • The CDC reports that more than 385,000 needlesticks are sustained by hospital based health care personnel

  • A 2000 GAO Report indicated that nearly two-thirds of all needlestick injuries result from hollow-bore needles. Of these 236,000 needlesticks each year, 177,000 of them are considered "preventable". More than 20 pathogens have been reportedly transmitted from needlestick injuries. The most serious are the transmission of Hepatisis C (HCV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and HIV. Use of the Umbilicup nearly eliminates the needlestick injury risk posed to health care professionals during the cord blood extraction process.

The Umbilicup is an extremely cost effective safety device. No other cord blood collection device is as efficient and economical as the
. Additionally, a single needlestick sustained by health care employees can cost companies upwards of $100,000 in direct and indirect costs. Please watch the video at the top of this page for for more information regarding the high cost of needle stick injuries.

NIOSH & OSHA Recommendations:

NIOSH (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) recommends that health care facilities use safer medical devices to protect workers from needlestick and other sharps injuries. Since the passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2000 and the subsequent revision of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, all health care facilities are required to use safer medical practices. Specifically, health care facilities are mandated to "select, evaluate, and implement safety engineered sharps devices."