Blood FAQs

  1. How do I assign the Donation Identification Number for a pooled product?

  2. What information am I required to have bar coded on my 100 mm by 100 mm final label?

  3. Our current system assigns a suffix to the parent unit number when aliquots are made. How will aliquots be handled with the ISBT 128 Standard?

  4. The new year just started, but I still have a few DIN label sets left from the previous year. Do I need to discard them?

  5. What is Octaplas?

 

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1. How do I assign the Donation Identification Number for a pooled product?

The pooling facility should assign a new Donation Identification Number (DIN) to the pooled unit. The DIN assigned to the pooled unit should contain the Facility Identification Number of the pooling facility. The facility performing the pool should maintain records of all DINs comprising the pool.

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2. What information am I required to have bar coded on my 100 mm by 100 mm final label?

At a minimum, linear bar codes for the Donation Identification Number (positioned in the upper left quadrant), Blood Groups [ABO and RhD] (positioned in the upper right quadrant), Product Code (positioned in the lower left quadrant), and Expiration Date and Time* (positioned in the lower right quadrant) shall be present.

Please reference the ISBT 128 Standard Labeling of Blood Components (ST-005) document for detailed information regarding the requirements for a 100 mm by 100 mm label.

*In some countries, the updated expiration date and time is not required to be bar coded for further processed products.

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3. Our current system assigns a suffix to the parent unit number when aliquots are made. How will aliquots be handled with the ISBT 128 Standard?

The ISBT 128 Product Code is 8 characters long. For Blood and Cellular Therapy products, the first 5 characters is the Product Description Code, the 6th identifies the type of donation, and the 7th and 8th character identifies the divisions/splits. 

For divisions the 5-character Product Description Code remains the same, and the 7th and 8th characters of the Product Code, which comprise the Division Code, changes. These characters can change from 00 to A0, B0, C0, etc. as necessary.

For example, if you have product E0164V00 and you perform a single first level division, resulting aliquots will be E0164VA0 and E0164VB0. If you further divide product E0164VB0 into three aliquots, the resulting second level divided products will be E0164VBa, E0164VBb, and E0164VBc.

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4. The new year just started, but I still have a few DIN label sets left from the previous year. Do I need to discard them?

In practice, the year assigned to the DIN would be the year the DIN was assigned to a product. However, to cut down on wastage, DIN labels may be used for up to one month in the year before, and one month in the year after, the year shown on the label. Keep in mind that the combination of a DIN and Product Code should never be duplicated.

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5. What is Octaplas?

Octaplas (manufactured by Octapharma) is pooled human plasma that has been solvent/detergent treated to inactivate pathogens.


 

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