A new generation of barcode indicator labels, the Rad-Control Barcode, follows through with these recommendations and requirements. During irradiation, the indicator field turns into an electronically readable barcode. A second field then displays the word “irradiated” as visual proof. The barcode can be scanned directly from the blood product into the database, confirming the IT request for positively performed irradiation.
The barcode, as an electronically readable irradiation result, replaces and optimises a multitude of steps before a blood product can be released.
- Risk minimisation: handwriting and manual entering of the irradiation results is no longer needed
- Time saving: the digital irradiation results are immediately available
- Traceability: the irradiation results for each blood product are digitally documented and traceable
In order to comply with new standards and guidelines—to streamline the processes and simultaneously reduce input errors and costs—the use of barcode indicators is a logical next step. Leading blood banks such as the German Red Cross and the Belgian Red Cross have already adapted their IT systems accordingly.
1 © 2020 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2020 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. ISBT Science Series (2020) 15, 207–231 Blood processing and components
2 © 2021 Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion Ltd; Guidelines for the Implementation and use of Electronic Medical Records for Transfusion, ISBN No: 978-0-9803618-9-6