After watching a simple 4-minute instructional video, novice users can prepare Tropocells® PRP as flawlessly as an experienced user.
The preparation process is intuitive, simple, and easy to follow. The time it takes from patient arrival to injection time is 15 minutes.
Tropocells® PRP technology is designed to simplify the PRP preparation process. It is easy to understand and easy to use. When performing PRP routinely, providers appreciate the attention to detail that makes the procedure run smoothly.
- Blood draw into glass tube instead of a syringe
- Higher platelet yield
- Optimal formulation discards the inhibitory factors so the same clinical effect can be achieved with less blood volume
- Less blood drawn per treatment site
- Anticoagulant preloaded in the collection tube
- 10-minute single spin
- Minimal transfers — easy PRP preparation
- Very easy to learn and perform with negligible user-dependent variability
Glass tubes are generally the primary method for blood collection. The phlebotomist can easily use one hand to secure the needle while using the other to drive the glass tube into the hub. Most PRP systems provide a large syringe (30-60mL) for blood collection — a syringe so large that it requires two hands to withdraw the blood. The phlebotomist is forced to let go of the needle inside the cannulated vein or call for assistance.
Additional added value is that Tropocells® PRP system requires relatively small amount of blood compared to other PRP systems. Patients would rather give less than give more. The less the amount, the less anxiety a patient feels. This also plays a factor in how long the blood draw takes: less blood equals less time. Less blood required also decreases the risk of blood borne illness, needle-stick injury, and vagal/near-syncopal episodes.
How does Tropocells get by with less? It provides a superior platelet yield due to its advanced, next-generation, gel cell-separation technology. Almost 80% of the platelets in the blood sample make it into the final PRP product, while the platelet yield from buffy coat systems range from 13% to 72%.
- The average buffy coat blood draw is 30mL per treatment area
- Because Tropocells is very efficient, it can produce the same dose of platelets (with less inhibitory contaminants) using far less blood (11 or 22mL)
- Efficiency is maximized by:
- Minimizing blood transfers
- Physiologic pH
- Special treatment of the glass tube to avoid blood cells sticking on the walls
The Tropocells PRP collection tube is ready-to-go, pre-loaded with the correct amount of anticoagulant. Many PRP kits do not include anticoagulant and require the provider to acquire it beforehand. The phlebotomist must draw up the anticoagulant into the syringe before the blood draw. This is an extra step that takes time and involves a needle puncture — increasing the risk of contamination and needle-stick injuries.
The longer the spin time, the longer the patient is occupying valuable time and space. Some systems require two separate spins with manual processing steps in between, doubling the chance of delay, prolonging the spin time, and significantly increasing overall preparation time.
Minimizing blood transfers is in the best interest of both patients and providers. Each transfer requires additional time and increases the chance of human error. Additionally, each transfer also increases the risk of premature clumping or activation of platelets, infection, and needle-stick injury.