Information Standard for Blood and Transplant (ISBT) 128, a coding system for blood components, hematopoietic progenitor cells and other tissues
ISBT 128 is comprised of an overall Application Specification, and labeling and coding documents for the separate sections: blood components, hematopoietic progenitor cells (draft), source plasma (draft) and tissues (draft). The documentation is supported by databases: Country/Collection Facility, Product Code (blood components), Product Code (hematopoietic progenitor sells), Product Code (source plasma), Product Code (tissues) and Special Testing. ISBT 128 is designed as a series of data structures that are designed to be technology-independent and can be used for bar coding, radio frequency tag encoding and electronic data interchange. The Health Level 7 (HL7) Blood Bank "SIG" is currently designing example messages that incorporate ISBT 128 coding. No changes of any kind will be needed to use ISBT 128 in Health Level 7 (HL7) messages.