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How to Validate MaxPlus Blood Coolers

MaxPlus Blood Coolers are optimized for all hospital transfusion uses and can be used for the storage and in-hospital transportation of whole blood, platelets, plasma, tissue, organs and more. At the core of maintaining AABB temperature standards there must be an executable validation plan to verify temperature compliance. This blog post shares guidance on resources provided by MaxQ that can assist you in developing, implementing and auditing cooler temperature compliance using a simple and consistent validation plan.

With the purchase of each turn-key MaxPlus Cooler you will receive pack-out instructions and a detailed validation report with pictorial representations of the components and validation test cases. This validation report also includes actual test data for maximum and minimum number of simulant units for each blood component type validated by MaxQ’s technical support team. Typically, customers use MaxQ’s validation report to develop and implement their cooler validation plan.

A comprehensive cooler validation video developed by Tyler Rapp (Senior Thermal Engineer, MaxQ) illustrates common validation questions and potential issues. It includes recommendations on the type of data loggers (temperature monitors) that can be used, where to place the temperature probes and how to execute a validation test case to generate relevant temperature data.

A clear plan with detailed steps including sequence of actions and knowing the right tools to use can immensely simplify and limit the risk of validation inconsistencies from one user to another.

MaxQ also provides the MaxPlus Alpha Cooler with integrated temperature monitoring which generates auditable temperature reports each time the cooler is deployed for use. The Alpha Coolers exhibit live temperature status on an LCD display, detect and record cooler lid opening events and have temperature sensor with NIST® Traceable certification. The temperature and chain of custody data can be downloaded to your mobile device or computer via Bluetooth for comprehensive report generation.

If you need assistance with developing and implementing a validation plan, or help with troubleshooting inconsistencies in your current plan, please reach out to us at Our expert team is standing by to support you in any way possible.


1. AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services,” 31st Edition – Effective April 1, 2018. Accessed from: