© 1980

Machine readable labels in the blood transfusion service

Proceedings of a Symposium held on June 13th, 1979

  • John Jenkins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. J Jenkins
    Pages 1-2
  3. S Jackson
    Pages 3-10
  4. John Jenkins
    Pages 36-40
  5. John Jenkins
    Pages 51-54
  6. John Jenkins
    Pages 67-68
  7. J Jenkins
    Pages 79-99
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 100-100

About this book


Dr W J Jenkins In 1977 when the Sheffield Transfusion Centre took delivery of the first GROUPAMATIC blood grouping machine in the UK it was equipped with a sample identification system involving complicated and expensive disposable punched cards. In fact, the cards were so expensive that Dr Wagstaff was unable to find the revenue to support the system. A year later, when Brentwood took delivery of a GROUPAMATIC, we were faced with the same problem, but by chance we heard that KONTRON was developing a laser scanning system for bar code labels and we were able to have our machine modified. Subsequently the Sheffield machine was altered to take the bar code scanner. At about the same time the Bristol Centre was helping TECHNICON with the development of the AUTO GROUPER C-16, and fortunately they decided on a laser reader of the same type for bar code identification. Thus there were three centres with the capability for reading bar codes on blood grouping machines and it became necessary to find someone to produce the bar code labels. There was only on~ printer in the UK who could produce labels to the required specification. To cut the costs of printing, and in the hope of avoiding a wide variation in codes, I invited representatives of centres interested in the problem to a meeting, where we set up what we called the Group of Six. This later became an official Working Party of the Regional Transfusion Directors.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Jenkins
    • 1
  1. 1.North East ThamesRegional Transfusion CentreUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Machine readable labels in the blood transfusion service
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of a Symposium held on June 13th, 1979
  • Editors J. Jenkins
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-85200-344-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8046-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 99
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Hematology
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