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Keywords:

  • bar coding;
  • identification;
  • labelling;
  • ISBT 128;
  • emergency preparedness;
  • business continuity

Abstract

A survey of blood centre organizations was carried out to establish the degree of progress towards the implementation of global standards for coding and labelling blood components. The survey was performed through questionnaires completed by blood organizations. Of nearly 32 million blood donations collected annually by the participants, 43% are identified with ISBT 128 donation numbers and 36% are fully compliant with the ISBT 128 Standard. Planned implementations indicate that 85% of donations will be identified by ISBT 128 donation numbers by 2011.