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4 Ways to Reduce Overall Blood Labeling Costs in 2019

Transfusion Medicine | 28 December 2018

Posted by Bruce Wray

4 Ways to Reduce Overall Blood Labeling Costs in 2019

The proper labeling and identification of blood donation sets is crucial, as these donations will need to be suitable matches for the person they are being donated to.

Ensuring consistency and accuracy can be an expensive venture, so in this article, we will highlight four ways you can reduce your overall blood labeling costs, while still maintaining the accuracy and integrity of donations.

Redesign the DIN Set

The single most significant cost component to a Donation Identification Number Label (DIN) set is its physical size. As you would expect, smaller sets are less costly than larger sets due to the amount of materials being used.

Be sure to take your time reviewing your current set; it is not uncommon for companies to stick with the same design, size, and structure for the long haul. It is important to consistently review your process, and the usefulness of the set determine if there is a more efficient option.

It is also important to ask yourself questions to raise awareness of all costs and the working efficiency of your process and products such as:

  •         Do you need all the labels on your current set?
  •         Are there some that are seldom, if ever used?

It is common for blood centers to routinely purchase label sets that are not fully utilized. Many have reduced their labeling costs simply by reducing the size of the set. In this case, when they need an additional DIN label, they may opt to use a DIN replicator. A DIN replicator is a simple scan-one-print-one device designed specifically to produce another label of the same set, on-demand and only when you need it.

Tube labels should always come from your pre-printed set because of the fixed scanning environment in your automated lab analyzers, but labels destined for use on documents, tie tags, or other blood containers can easily and accurately be produced on demand.

2. Use a Lower-Cost Product

It is important with any product that you do your research. This is especially the case in environments like blood banks, as you will be processing many blood samples and need to ensure you are making economic decisions for your business.

Once you choose a lower-cost product, you will still have to perform thorough validation as these are such critical items. However, if these products perform satisfactorily, overall labeling costs will be reduced.

Computype has recently introduced two new lower-cost DIN label products that represent significant cost-savings opportunities.

3. Plan For the Future

The most important and beneficial decision can make for your blood bank is to plan for your future and future-proof your solutions.

You want to ensure that your process can withstand future challenges and also stand the test of time. Additionally, some suppliers will offer multi-year agreements for your company to gain security and reduce the worries and stresses of the industry.

Computype reduces the selling price of our DIN label sets when multi-year agreements are in place.  When we know a customer has agreed to purchase their DIN labels from us for, say, three years, we can then negotiate favorable pricing from component suppliers, primarily the double-adhesives. Those savings are then passed on to you.

4. Reduce Your Number of Suppliers

Even if you purchase only DINs from Computype, price reductions are available if you also buy blank label stock/ribbon from us. Whether your labels are standard or custom sizes, we will sharpen the pencil for the opportunity to provide more of your label needs.

Suppliers strive to make your life easier, so if you decide to stick to as few as possible, it will likely reduce shipping costs and administrative effort. Additionally, you will have fewer points of contact should you have questions or issues, and fewer places to search to pinpoint problems. Reducing the number of suppliers you work with will promote cost savings throughout your whole business.

Many suppliers will offer packages like this to ensure that you have a guaranteed solution for the future and a cost-efficient solution all around. This checks off a big box and allows you to focus on your business and the important processes. Planning for the future is beneficial and key to the success and easy processes of your blood bank.


Reducing costs is always a goal in any business. In such a crucial industry, it is important that you prioritize the economic state of your company and the supplier you choose to do business with.

To learn more about reducing costs in your blood bank, contact ComputypeOur dedicated Transfusion Medicine representatives will offer assistance in determining the best blood unit identification approach for your organization.

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Bruce Wray

Bruce Wray is Computype’s On Site Solutions Manager. He is a resident barcode expert, and works with blood banks and diagnostic instrumentation firms to uniquely and reliably identify blood products and diagnostic specimens for improved productivity, efficiency, and accuracy. Bruce has been with Computype for 38 years, and throughout this time has provided labeling solutions to countless customers.