Pelican BioThermal: Small-Scale, Reusable Blood Transport Container

Designed for military units, the lightweight Golden Hour One holds a single unit of whole blood and maintains temperature for 18 hours under extreme conditions without external energy.

The lightweight Golden Hour One holds a single unit of whole blood and maintains temperature for 18 hours under extreme conditions without external energy.
The lightweight Golden Hour One holds a single unit of whole blood and maintains temperature for 18 hours under extreme conditions without external energy.

Pelican BioThermal, global provider of temperature controlled packaging, unveiled its new Golden Hour™ One at the 2019 SOMSA conference in North Carolina. The new product is a smaller-scale, nimble, reusable thermal packaging container for transporting whole blood products. Golden Hour One is designed to allow military units to more easily transport life-saving blood to far-forward combat areas where they are needed most during the first critical hour after injury—regardless of extreme conditions.

Golden Hour technology was invented by Pelican BioThermal in 2003 at the request of the U.S. Army to address the need to securely, reliably and safely transport blood to battlefields away from fixed medical facilities. These battlefields are often situated in regions with extreme conditions that could result in temperature excursions that damage blood supplies. Golden Hour temperature-controlled containers resolved this issue and received the US Army’s Greatest Invention Award for their innovation.

Pelican BioThermal developed the Golden Hour technology more than 15 years ago and has continually expanded the line to meet the ever-evolving needs of the military.

The ultra-light Golden Hour One holds a single unit of whole blood and maintains temperature for 18 hours under extreme conditions without external energy. Under less challenging conditions, the container is designed to keep blood cool for up to 36 hours. These temperature controlled containers are easy to use and assemble and consist of safe, reusable non-toxic materials.

Golden Hour One joins Pelican BioThermal’s family of Golden Hour products.

  • The original Golden Hour Mobile transports up to four units of red blood cells (RBCs) and maintains temperature control in excess of 72 hours under extreme conditions.

  • Golden Hour Medic stores up to two units of whole blood, keeps blood cool for 24 hours under extreme conditions and performs up to 48 hours under optimal conditions.

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