Being able to identify samples is critical—without an identity a sample loses all integrity. Loss of sample integrity can lead to waste in several forms: physical waste if that sample becomes unusable, wasted time in the form of workflow interruptions and wasted budget if the sample was valuable.
When samples go into cryogenic storage, their integrity is especially at risk. The extreme temperatures and frost take quite a toll on the average label, which is where cryogenic labels come in handy.
Cryo or cryogenic labels are labels that have been specially engineered to withstand cryogenic conditions. The face material and adhesive are created and paired specifically to remain intact when stored under extremely cold temperatures for an extended period of time.
If your lab is storing samples under cryogenic conditions it’s incredibly important cryo-labels are being used since they were engineered specifically for that purpose. When labels that aren’t engineered for purpose are used you risk labels falling off the container, ultimately leading to a loss of sample integrity.
Additionally, you’ll need to consider which stage(s) of cryo storage your samples will be undergoing. There are multiple stages:
Why are Labels Important for Cryogenic Storage?
Most cryo labels are engineered with a specific cryo storage stage in mind, so you’ll want to ensure you’re choosing labels that can withstand your storage temperatures.
In the healthcare field, the goal is always to help the patient. Whether that be through the development of a new treatment, or giving them a diagnosis so they can take the right course of action. Patients look to healthcare professionals for answers, and they expect accuracy.
Labels provide biological samples with an identity so they can be tracked through processing. Without accurate sample identification, results become meaningless as no test history or patient information can be attached to the sample. Typically, when samples lose their labels at any point during processing they end up going to waste, and depending on the value of the sample, a loss can cost a lot more than time and supplies.