Maximize the patient safety potential of a wristband

August 30, 2017

Patient safety begins at admission. From this first engagement to discharge, the patient needs the protection of an accurate, durable wristband. For the most protection, rely on the accuracy of barcode technology.

Positive patient identification was listed as one of the top 10 patient safety concerns in the latest ECRI Institute report. The Institute’s Patient Safety Organization reviewed 7,613 wrong-patient events that occurred between January 2013 and August 2015 in 181 different healthcare organizations. While most of the mistakes were caught before much harm was done, two were fatal.

Deploying a reliable wristband solution and verifying positive patient identification will prevent so much of the human error that prompts medical mistakes.

Before you decide to use your laser printer for wristbands, consider some of the compromises that choice will require. A laser-printed wristband lacks the print quality and durability of a thermal-printed wristband. Your staff will spend more time assembling a laser-printed wristband—outputting the label and inserting it in a sleeve or adhering to the band. A laser-printed barcode isn’t as crisp as a thermal printed one, so your staff might have difficulties scanning the wristband. Between damaged and unreadable laser-printed barcodes and the less durable design, your staff will spend additional (and unnecessary) time reprinting and replacing the laser-printed wristband. Also, changing the paper tray for the laser printer can be cumbersome (and annoying for the person who accidentally prints a document on your wristbands), and media is frequently wasted.

At Coridian, we recommend the Zebra HC100 wristband printer. This dedicated thermal printer makes it easy to produce durable wristbands that remain scannable longer than the average stay. Just insert one of the drop-in wristband cartridges (sized for infant, pediatric, or adult) and the printer automatically calibrates to the size, which reduces waste. Remove the Z-Band wristband from the printer and attach it to the patient’s wrist. There’s no assembly required!

As a purpose-built printer for healthcare, the HC100 is encased in disinfectant-ready plastic. It stands up to the constant cleaning that’s necessary in a healthcare environment. It also features a medical-grade power supply for added safety. The Z-Bands protect the patient with antimicrobial coating. And the wristband is durable enough to last longer than the average patient stay in the hospital, so you don’t have to replace them—another savings.

Coridian wants to help you increase patient safety. Contact us to learn more about a dedicated barcode wristbanding solution.


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