"In addition to being beneficial for donors, patients, and safety, ISBT 128 has been very beneficial for the vendors of IT systems. It enables several IT systems to coexist in a country or a region, since all exchanged blood products are uniformly labeled and carry all relevant information. ISBT 128 reduces vendors' cost since we can focus on one standard when implementing the business logic for products and bedside control. We anticipate future standards for interfacing production equipment."
An Info Systems Designer / Information Engineer - Switzerland
"In Switzerland, ISBT 128 donation numbers are automatically assigned to facilities and product codes are selected based on a national guideline which references the ISBT 128 standard. The product code itself is from the ISBT 128 database managed by ICCBBA. This guarantees, on an international level, the clear understanding of the contents of a blood bag."
Dr. Charles Munk
A Military Blood Operations Director - USA
"Transporting a large amount of blood between military donor centers and military hospitals throughout the world, the ISBT 128 standard is highly efficient, especially when coupled with standardized procedures and training for our technicians."
Maj, USAF, BSC
Deputy Director Operations
Armed Services Blood Program
U.S. Dept of Defense
Falls Church, Virginia, USA
A Transfusion Safety Officer - Canada
"Hema-Quebec implemented ISBT 128 in Fall 2007. Our Transfusion Service technologists were happy to finally make full use of it when the Blood Bank computer system became ISBT 128 compatible in April 2008. The rapid and accurate product entry was much appreciated and the expected reduction in entry errors immediately realized. ISBT 128 bar code entry has made it easy to do it right. Noncompliant setting of field defaults such as product groups, codes, or attributes would now take longer and so this doesn't occur."
MUHC Transfusion Safety
Technologiste Chargée de la
Sécurité Transfusionnelle du CUSM
Montréal, Québec, Canada
A Blood Safety and Availability Official - USA
"The visionaries of the late 1980’s realized the limitations of blood product identification bar codes if the bar codes were not backed by common data elements that could be readily available to all computer systems. The voluntary working groups were led by the vision that blood products should be identifiable anywhere in the world. In a disaster response, and follow-up after the response, traceability is essential."
Jerry A Holmberg
Senior Advisor for Blood Policy
US Department of Health and
Washington, DC, USA
An ICCBBA Staff Member - USA
"I visited a blood center recently. It was exciting to see how our work at ICCBBA is important to blood banking worldwide. From my perspective of processing paperwork and working with the database, I didn’t comprehend how the FINs [Facility Identification Numbers] we assign were implemented. Seeing the use of the FINs on the actual blood bags and knowing how it creates traceability was gratifying; it gave me a sense of accomplishment knowing my work really matters. It helped me put the puzzle together and understand just how crucial our work is."
Redlands, California, USA
A Blood Services Director - Singapore
"ISBT 128 has provided us with an organized and consistent system of labeling for our blood and blood components. This has enabled better monitoring and more efficient management of our blood inventory. The unique format of the Donation Identification Number and Product Description Code has also contributed toward blood safety. Ultimately, the change to ISBT 128 has been beneficial to our blood program in Singapore."
Dr. Diana Teo
Blood Services Group
Health Sciences Authority
A Blood Bank Director - Israel
"ISBT 128 makes sure information is always in the same place so processing steps entered by bar code scanning are accurately reflected. The label is simply more aesthetic."
Dr. Jerry Orlin
Department of Transfusion Medicine and Apheresis
Rabin Medical Center
Petach Tikya, Israel