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Blood and IV Bag Identification

Clearly track and label Blood and IV Bags for accurate identification and storage.

As a healthcare administrator, you know the importance of doing everything possible to ensure patient safety through the reduction of medical errors. HIPAA compliance, FDA approval and the international ISBT-128 standard are significant factors in determining your safety policies and procedures. These organizations provide guidelines for blood and IV bag identification labels and managing your healthcare service’s inventory.

RMS Omega’s specialists are available to review your operations and advise you on the best technology to use for blood and IV bag identification solutions. There are typically three key components:

  • Printing software, either standalone or integrated into your blood bank information system
  • Labels that are industry compliant and use FDA-approved adhesive
  • Barcode printer that can integrate into the existing network and produce high-quality barcode labels

For over 25 years, we’ve developed partnerships with many reputable companies. This means the RMS Omega team can design and implement a full-service solution to your challenge of ensuring all blood and IV bags are identified accurately. Read on to learn more about a sampling of available products.blood and iv bag identification label

Full-Service Solutions for Blood and IV Bag Identification

At RMS Omega, we don’t just hand over an off-the-shelf package. Our specialists will work with you to identify needs specific to your healthcare operation. Only then can we suggest solutions and review the pros and cons of each option. Once you make a decision, we can work with you to make sure the implementation goes well, any training is done, and follow-up support is provided as needed.

Featured Solution Components

Label printing software

Label Design & Printing Software

Utilize label design printing software to produce accurate blood and IV product identification. Our recommended label design platform includes a label designer with a familiar Microsoft Word-like user interface and a print module to allow for easy and consistent label printing every time.

Contact us for more information about designing labels in compliance with ISBT-128 standards. We are happy to assist you with label design, as well as selecting the correct label material to suit your hospital or laboratory environment.

Learn more about label design software.

Labels & Supplies

Blood bag labels are ISBT-128 compliant with FDA-approved adhesive, so they can conform to the bag’s shape and will not fall off. They are available in single-quadrant, two-quadrant, and full-face quadrant configurations.

IV bag labels are HIPAA compliant with FDA-approved adhesive. The face sheet is easy to peel, producing excellent print quality. Because they are made for direct thermal printing, you do not have to be concerned about disposing of ribbons with confidential information, thus addressing HIPAA privacy requirements.

Barcode & Label Printers

High-quality barcode labels are an essential tool for patient safety. To ensure accurate labeling, you will want a high-quality, versatile, and rugged printer that is certified for use in hospitals and other healthcare services. Our team of specialists can help you select the right printer to offer:

  • User-friendly navigation of screens
  • Wide range of connectivity to meet diverse app requirements
  • Smooth integration into existing networks
  • Easy, cost-effective maintenance
  • A compact and convenient footprint

Learn more about Hospital Label Printers

Clearly Label & Track Blood Products

ISBT 128 Blood Bag Labeling Solutions

For tracking and labeling blood bags, RMS Omega recommends a durable polypropylene labeling material resistant to moisture.  These features are ideal for blood bag labels. You’ll also want to use a thermal transfer label to ensure high quality and durability – This way, you can be sure to produce a sharp, smear proof and long-lasting barcoded label that can withstand storage in a refrigerator or freezer unit.

ISBT 128 Label Media for Blood Bags

One of just a few label converters licensed by the ICCBBA for ISBT 128 labels, Zebra delivers long-lasting, extremely legible blood bag labels. You’re assured that once blood bags are labeled, they stay clearly labeled—including on blood products stored up to 10 years.

Zebra blood bag labels are available in a full-face configuration and are available in custom sizes.

  • 8000T Primary Blood Bag label — Thermal transfer top-coated polypropylene label with a permanent acrylic adhesive that complies with FDA 175.105. This means the label can be applied directly to the bag.
  • 8000T Blood Bag label —Specialty thermal transfer polypropylene label with a permanent acrylic adhesive. Intended for use as an overlay only.

Duratran II Thermal Transfer Film Blood Bag Label

Duratran™: thermal transfer labels are available in both paper stock and synthetic stock. Synthetic or “film” labels meet the needs of more challenging environmental applications, with rugged qualities including:

  • Tear resistance
  • Aggressive adhesives
  • Moisture and heat resistance

An aggressive adhesive securely bonds the label to the filled bag; the pliable face sheet flexes with it during centrifugation and multiple handling steps. With a wide service temperature range, these labels remain positively attached through the broad range of blood component storage temperatures. Qualification testing through multiple freeze/thaw cycles ensures labels readily endure the harsh treatments commonly encountered.

Duratran blood bag media complies with the industry standard 21 CFR 175.105, increasing safety assurance. Images printed on the durable TMX3000 or TMX2000 series ribbons readily endure extensive handling, further adding to the robustness of the product set. Crisp, high-contrast print ensures consistent scanning and imaging performance, eliminating error-prone manual data entry. Labels can be provided in full face, single or double quadrant with or without DIN (Donor ID Number) cutouts. Piggyback material is also available for multi-step bag tracking or donor set labels.

Recommended ribbons: TMX3000 series resin, TMX2000 series mid-range

FDA Compliant IV Bag Labels

Clear, Accurate IV Bag Labeling

Use IV Bag labels featuring FDA-approved adhesive components that meet the food packaging standards of 21 CFR 175.105. This means you can place the label directly on the bag. We also recommend direct thermal IV bag labels with easy-to-peel face sheets. Direct thermal labels offer superior print quality, so you can ensure labels are durable, clear, and easy to read.  And because they are direct thermal, there are no concerns with ribbon disposal and HIPAA-associated privacy requirements.

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