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Frequently Asked Questions. Bethesda, MD: US Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; April 13, 2006.
This FAQ answers questions related to the FDA machine-readable bar-coding requirement for blood components.
Journal Article > Study
Computer-assisted bar-coding system significantly reduces clinical laboratory specimen identification errors in a pediatric oncology hospital.
Hayden RT, Patterson DJ, Jay DW, et al. J Pediatr. 2008;152:219-224.
Bar-coding technology has been associated with reductions in drug-dispensing errors but has also been associated with unintended consequences. This study implemented a bar-coding system for laboratory specimen identification, with careful attention to integrating the new system within existing laboratory workflow.