To realize the benefits of RFID, there must be industry definition and adoption of consistent standards for its use throughout the entire supply chain. The technology must also be integrated with existing bar-coding and labeling standards as well as with blood and transfusion systems already in use. To meet these requirements, the following principles have been used as guidelines during the course of the study:
- Existing bar code based blood bank and transfusion systems, must be augmented vs. replacing them.
- RFID Guideline recommendations from the ISBT RFID Working Party (see: VoxSanguinis, April 2010 - (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123338524/issue) must be adhered to.
- Use of ISBT128 labeling, data structures and messaging.
- 13.56 MHz High Frequency (HF) tags with 2048 bit memory.
- RFID tag used will not substitute, replace, or contradict any required bar code or key labeling information. Read verifications against the original bar code as validation must be enabled.