While the new system is mandated to be in use by May 1, 2008 by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the European Union (EU), many blood centers across the nation have filed for deadline extensions.
"The new system ensures that each unit of blood collected anywhere in the world receives a unique product number," said SCBB CEO, Janette Twait. "Now every unit of blood can be tracked worldwide without any chance of confusion or number duplication. The end result is a safer blood supply for Siouxland."
ISBT 128 is a new system for identification, labeling and processing of human blood, tissue and cellular therapy products using an internationally standardized system. The ISBT 128 barcode allows for more information to be coded into a small space and includes an internal check to prevent barcode misreads.
The Siouxland Commun-ity Blood Bank was founded in 1967 and is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 36 Siouxland area hospitals.
To be eligible to donate blood individuals must be at least 16 years of age; however there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. Donors under the age of 17 require parental consent. In addition, donors need to weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration.
For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 712-252-4208 or 800-798-4208 or visit their Web site at www.siouxlandblood bank.org