Guidance Documents

IG-008 Technical Bulletin 5: Bar Code Scanner Implementation of ISBT 128 Concatenation v1.0.0 - PDF

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This technical bulletin describes different types of barcode scanners that may be used for concatenation. Also, it provides solutions for some of the possible errors that may be encountered. 

 

IG-010 Technical Bulletin 7: Use of Flags in the Donation Identification Number for Process Control of Critical Points During Processing and Distribution v1.0.1 - PDF

This technical bulletin details innovative ways facilities are implementing the use of flag characters.

 

IG-011 Technical Bulletin 8: Specification for ISBT 128 Data Structures to support the secure bedside matching of patient and transfusion/transplant product identification v1.0.0 - PDF

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This technical bulletin details how hospitals can use ISBT 128 to encode patient identification and how that information may be securely linked to compatible products to improve patient safety. 

 

IG-012 Technical Bulletin 9: Blood Bag Identification Using ISBT 128 and GS1 v1.0.0 - PDF

This technical bulletin provides guidance to blood bag manufacturers, their customers, and software developers on the bar coding of blood bags and their shipping containers. It deals with the relationship between information held in the GS1 carton codes and the ISBT 128 blood container label codes, and recommends ways to simplify the mapping between this information.

 

IG-013 Technical Bulletin 10: Valid and Invalid Bar Codes for use in ISBT 128 Validations v1.0.0 - PDF

Technical Bulletin 10 contains scannable barcodes that can be used to validate software for reading ISBT 128. This document includes valid and invalid barcodes to ensure that the software correctly accepts valid barcodes and rejects the invalid ones.

 

IG-014 Implementation Guide: Use of Data Matrix Symbols with ISBT 128 v1.1.0 - PDF

The purpose of this document is to assist users and software developers to implement Data Matrix two-dimensional (2-D) symbology for delivery of ISBT 128 data structures for blood, cellular therapy, and tissue labeling as well as for patient wristbands. Labeling includes affixed, attached, and accompanying labeling.

 

IG-015 Implementation Guide: Use of the Manufacturers Data File v1.1.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide implementation guidance on the use of the Manufacturers Data File. Specifications pertaining to the Manufacturers Data File are contained in the ISBT 128 Standard Technical Specification and this information must be read for a complete understanding of the subject. Illustrations provided in the document are formatted to provide clarity rather than as copy/paste examples for software development.

 

IG-016 Technical Note 1: Case Conversion v1.0.0 - PDF

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Technical Note 1 highlights the possible errors that can occur in barcode scanning when the computer has the “Caps Lock” feature on.

 

IG-017 Technical Note 2: Length of the Product Code Bar Code and Concatenation v1.0.0 - PDF

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Technical Note 2 explains how shortening the length of bar codes by using Subset C of Code 128 can create problems for concatenation of bar codes. It explains that users must place such condensed bar codes properly if concatenation is to be successful.

 

IG-019 Technical Note 4: Manufacturer's Catalog Number and Lot Number v1.0.0 - PDF

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Technical Note 4 details how facilities can use ISBT 128 data structures to track which supplies (other than containers) are being used.

 

IG-020 Implementation Guide: Use of the Product Code Data Structure [003] - Tissues v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about ISBT 128 product coding for Tissues. Specifically, it explains:

  • the Product Code [Data Structure 003] in detail,
  • the structure of the database that supports the Product Description Code,
  • how to select an appropriate Product Description Code, and
  • how to request new Product Description Codes.

 

IG-021 Implementation Guide: Use of Product Code Data Structure [003] - Blood v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about ISBT 128 product coding for Blood. Specifically, it explains:

  • the Product Code [Data Structure 003] in detail,
  • the structure of the database that supports the
    Product Description Code,
  • how to select an appropriate Product Description Code, and
  • how to request new Product Description Codes.

 

IG-022 Implementation Guide: Use of Product Code [Data Structure 003] - Cellular Therapy v1.1.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about ISBT 128 product coding for Cellular Therapy Products. Specifically, it explains:

  • the Product Code [Data Structure 003] in detail,
  • the structure of the database that supports the Product Description Code,
  • how to select an appropriate Product Description Code,
  • how to request new Product Description Codes, and
  • now reflects new CT terminology.

 

IG-023 Implementation Guide: Use of Product Divisions [Data Structure 032] v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance in the use of Product Divisions [Data Structure 032] so that software may be developed to support it. The new data structure allows encoding divisions of a product greater than 26 first level divisions and 26 second level divisions.

 

IG-024 Implementation Guide: Use of Flexible Date and Time [Data Structure 031] v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance in the use of the Flexible Date and Time [Data Structure 031].

This data structure should be used when:

  • a time zone needs to be encoded on the product label;
  • the type of time needed is not covered by other data structures; and
  • optionally, whenever it is preferred (that is, the Flexible Date and Time data). 

 

IG-026 Implementation Guide: Use of Dimensions [Data Structure 029] v1.1.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide implementation guidance for users and software developers who wish to implement the ISBT 128 Dimensions [Data Structure 029].

 

IG-027 Implementation Guide: Use of Red Cell Antigens with Test History Data Structure [030] v1.1.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide implementation guidance for users and software developers who wish to implement the ISBT 128 Red Cell Antigens with Test History [Data Structure 030].

 

IG-029 Implementation Guide: Choosing an On-Demand Label Printer v1.0.1 - PDF

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for users who wish to procure on-demand label printers.

 

IG-031 Implementation Guide: Use of the Processing Facility Information Code [Data Structure 033] v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance in the implementation and use of the Processing Facility Information Code [Data Structure 033]. This data structure is designed for use by Cellular Therapy and Tissues facilities to convey information about the facility that assigned the Product Code and may include a facility Product Code assigned by the processing or labeling facility.

 

IG-032 Implementation Guide: Use of Product Code Data Structure [003] - Ocular Tissue v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about ISBT 128 product coding for Ocular Tissue products. Specifically, it explains:

  • the Product Code [Data Structure 003] in detail,
  • the structure of the database that supports the Product Description Code,
  • how to select an appropriate Product Description Code, and
  • how to request new Product Description Codes.

 

IG-033 Implementation Guide: Use of the Donation Identification Number [Data Structure 001] v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the use of the Donation Identification Number [Data Structure 001].

 

IG-034 Implementation Guide: ISBT 128 Facility Identification Number v1.0.0 - PDF

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The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the use of Facility Identification Numbers found in a number of ISBT 128 data structures.

 

IG-036 Implementation Guide: Revised Cellular Therapy Terminology v1.0.0 - PDF

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This document explains the new terminology and how it impacts the Product Description Codes Database. It also includes crosswalk tables that compare the codes from v4.25.0 to the "new" codes in v4.26.0.