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Many years of PULSE experience has ensured Savant are experts with linear and 2D matrix barcodes as well as ISBT 128 standard labelling and developing software for barcode scanning and labelling equipment.

Savant have been an ICCBBA licensed vendor of ISBT 128 standards compliant software for many years, assuring customers of a robust product that fulfils their barcoding needs meeting regulatory requirements.

The Barcode and labelling software developed is used extensively by UK blood transfusion services and within our own software products; for example Li-LAC and LabelCyte.

As a result of our long-term re-seller partnership with Zebra, Savant’s status as a Zebra ISV (Independent Software Vendor) enables us to provide you with software verified as compatible with Zebra devices.

Zebra devices running Savant Software include:

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Bluetooth Label Printers


Ruggedized Mobile Computers

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High-Speed Barcode Scanners

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Portable Wristband Printers

The Advantages of ISBT 128-Compliant Labelling

When it comes to cellular therapy, breast milk tracking, blood bank management, stem cell collection and storage and any other application related to medical products of human origin (MPHOs), there is an exceptionally high level of care and diligence required on the part of organisations, including medical research facilities and hospitals. One part of this high level of care is product labelling for MPHOs. There are so many different healthcare bodies and systems, both nationally and internationally, that information can very easily be lost in translation when it comes to the sharing of products and information about MPHOs.

An MPHO product label contains specific technical information about the contents, volume, additives, and other key information about the product. It also contains information that identifies both the donor and the recipient. With language differences, varying international label requirements and identifiers often in different languages, errors are likely to occur.  This is why ISBT 128 labelling is so important, as it acts as a universal standard for healthcare professionals and research providers working with MPHOs across the world.

Why is Barcoding Important?

When communicating critical information, a standardised system becomes even more important as both potential applications and global suppliers expand with new developments in the medical and scientific fields. For MPHO applications, including cellular therapy components, tissue and eye components, breast milk products, and blood transfusions, the label information is crucial. It is possible to significantly decrease the risk of error when both transcribing and reading this information using electronic data confirmation, such as ISBT 128 barcoding.

The risks of incorrect collection, storage, transportation and administration of these products can be disastrous, which is why it is so important to have clear, comprehensive and universal labelling systems in place. 

Why ISBT 128 is The Global Standard for Medical Products of Human Origin?

ISBT stands for International Standard for Blood and Transplant, while 128 refers to the 128 character codes that this system uses, and is known as the global standard when it comes to identifying, coding, labelling and standardising terminology around the movement, collection and storage of medical products of human origin (MPHOs). It is used as the standard by more than 87 countries internationally, and within hundreds of different healthcare systems in these countries. The standard has been developed over many years to ensure accuracy, ease of use for medical and research professionals, and, of course, patient safety. Blood, cells, tissues, and organs can be easily moved, tracked and transfused/transplanted across different healthcare systems and regions using ISBT 128 because of its international consistency.

As the medical community becomes increasingly connected and integrated, particularly on an international scale, having a standard, commonly recognised system for categorising MPHOs (including products like blood, stem cells, tissue samples and donations, breast milk, and organs) has never been so important.

As well as the key identifying information, ISBT 128 codes also allow organisations to share a range of additional data about each and every product that is labelled in this way, including: 

  • Collection/procurement dates
  • Expiry dates
  • Manufacture dates
  • Time of death for tissues 
  • ABO/RhD and non-ABO/RhD RBC antigens
  • Infectious marker results
  • Platelet antigens
  • Product consignment information
  • A range of other important detail about the products
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At Savant, we have been working with MPHOs of all kinds for over 20 years, and have seen the development of ISBT 128 labelling and barcodes in this time. We are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the ISBT 128 labelling system, how this translates into the creation of modern, functional barcodes for products, and all of the additional factors that go into helping to ensure the safety and security of MPHOs at any stage of their lifecycle. 

A Zebra ISV Partner

At Savant, we are also one of a select few Zebra ISV partners, which means that we are registered with Zebra as an Independent Software Vendor. This means that our products and services have been designed with special consideration/compatibility for Zebra printing products, making it simple for users of Zebra products to use our products and services.
To learn more about our ISBT 128 labelling and barcode creation services or any of the other products and services we offer to improve the safety and efficiency of your labelling systems, work with MPHOs or other medical and scientific applications, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Savant!


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