Pre-Printed ISBT Labels for Blood Donation Centers: Critical Features

According to the American Red Cross, “The number of whole blood and red blood cell units collected in the U.S. [each year is roughly] 13.6 million. It sounds like a lot of blood, and it is. But when you consider the many situations in which donated blood is needed, the volume makes sense. A limited list of medical events that routinely require blood donation are chemotherapy, surgeries, various injuries treated in the emergency room, and sickle cell disease. The American Red Cross calculates that these events and others create the need for “36,000 units of red blood cells every day in the U.S.”

All blood donations centers are certainly familiar with ISBT labeling requirements. The information ISBT labels provide play a crucial role in ensuring that the right patients receive the right type of blood at the right time and at Shamrock Labeling Systems, we can help your blood center fulfill the requirements of ISBT 128 by providing pre-printed ISBT labels that contain the following critical features and information.

Blood Type

Pre-printed ISBT labels prominently feature the blood type collected inside the unit. The first thing doctors and nurses need to know before administering infusions is what type of blood the unit contains. Our pre-printed labels make it easy for all parties associated with the blood donation and infusion process to see what type of blood is collected and administered.

Bar Codes

As the ICCBBA notes, “information transfer” is an important element of blood unit labeling, as the unit often passes through more than one set of hands before it reaches patients. Our pre-printed ISBT labels come with bar codes that can reveal important information quickly through barcode scanning, and can serve as a reference technology for storing different blood types in the right inventories.

Crucial Data

Our pre-printed ISBT labels come with crucial data that helps blood centers and healthcare providers store and administer blood units correctly, respectively. To this end, examples of information that are pre-printed include: “For Autologous Use Only”, “Biohazard”, “For Designated Recipient Only”, “Untested Donor”, and labels that include several types of blood conditions that can be marked as positive after blood testing is performed.

Other Features

In addition, we can supply pre-printed labels of different sizes, as well as labels that have the adhesive that best suits your needs (permanent labels or temporary labels, for example.) If necessary, we can also produce custom labels that meet your requirements for drawing, storing, and dispensing different blood types. We can also supply your labels in bulk or print them on-demand, and ship them to you as you need them.

Need Pre-Printed ISBT Labels?

If so, contact us today to get started on selecting pre-printed ISBT labels that meet your needs of your blood center. Call us today at (800) 323-0249, or refer to our contact form. We look forward to helping you support positive health outcomes by providing ISBT compliant labels for your blood center and recipients of the blood you draw, who need it for life saving therapies.

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