October 11, 2017
Patient safety has been a critical priority for healthcare organizations, even before The Joint Commission first introduced the National Patient Safety Goals (NSPG) in 2003. Barcode technology has proven to meet the criteria for preventing errors that result from incorrect patient information.
The NSPG specified that at least two patient identifiers must be used whenever blood samples are drawn and medication and blood products are administered. Hospitals have adopted barcoded wristbands into their admission protocol. The barcode on the wristband is encoded with the patient’s name and patient ID number, which satisfies the NSPG criteria.
Coridian looked at the options for barcode wristbands. For durability, print quality, and comfort, Zebra’s thermal printable wristbands deliver successful results.
Zebra’s Z-Bands enable the hospital staff to print wristbands on demand, one at a time, using the Zebra HC100 wristband printer. These thermal printer wristbands provide distinct advantages:
- The antimicrobial coating prevents the spread of bacteria.
- The wristband’s barcode remains scannable for up to 14 days, longer than the average patient stay.
- Z-Bands are made from polypropylene, with no metal content, making them MR-safe.
- The Z-Bands come off the printer ready to attach to the patient’s risk. There’s no assembly required.
- You can choose from an adhesive tab or color clip (in your choice of six colors to allow for easily visible identification).
- Each variety of Z-Band is available in three different sizes: Infant, Pediatric, and Adult; the HC100 automatically adjusts to the wristband size.
- Z-Bands are available in UltraSoft (the softest direct thermal wristband on the market), Z-Band Direct, Z-Band QuickClip, and Soft Infant Z-Band Direct, with a soft nylon backing to protect delicate skin.
Patient wristbands are a critical part of positive patient identification. Make sure you make the most of this step. Talk to Coridian about thermal printing for your barcode wristbands.
September 27, 2017
Nearly 161,000 adverse events occur in U.S. hospitals every year as the result of medical errors in identifying specimens; 37% of the errors occur during the collection process.
In spite of the advances of automated data collection, some areas of healthcare haven’t yet embraced barcodes and mobility. Tasks like specimen collection become more accurate and efficient when you combine the two technologies and label the specimens at the point of care.
A mobile computer or scanner and a mobile barcode label printer are high-value tools that enable bedside specimen collection. The clinician simply scans the patient wristband to check the patient ID against the requisition. Once the sample is collected, the barcode label encodes the patient’s information, specimen, collector ID, and the date and time of the draw.
By loading the right media into the thermal printer, you can produce high-quality labels that endure the high temperatures of sterilization, the freezing of cryogenics, and the exposure to the many harsh chemicals that are used in processing lab samples.
Coridian has been focusing on the technology needs and challenges of the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. We’ve partnered with Zebra because of the company’s unmatched global expertise in this area. Zebra designs and engineers purpose-built solutions for healthcare, with the print quality and ruggedness to withstand the unique conditions of this environment.
- Weighing less than two pounds each, Zebra’s QLn Series healthcare mobile printers produce 2- and 3-inch labels with sharp clarity. They integrate seamlessly into your printer network (including remote management). Powered by Bluetooth 3.0, the QLn Series mobile printers provide a robust, reliable wireless connection, with fast data transfer rates and greater range.
- The Zebra TC51-HC mobile computer looks like a smartphone but performs with enterprise-grade security, scanning power, connectivity, and ruggedness. This powerful touch computer is designed to stand up to continual wipes with disinfectants. The screwholes are sealed and the crevices and minimized to prevent the spread of bacteria.
- Zebra’s CS4070-HC companion scanner can be worn on a lanyard or carried in a pocket. The omni-directional scanning enables point-and-shoot simplicity with a wide working range. Like all of Zebra’s rugged mobile devices, this barcode scanner can handle the drops and bumps that happen on a daily basis.
Prevent medical errors that result from specimen label mistakes. Contact the healthcare technology experts at Coridian to make the move to greater mobility and the accuracy it provides.
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.
August 31, 2010
One of the best ways to solve challenges is to take a giant step back from your problem and view it broadly from 30,000 feet—or from all angles or 360 degrees.
When you’re engulfed in the day to day operations of your medical facility, whether it’s a large city hospital or a small town clinic, you tend to focus on the here and now, simply because you need to treat patients and get the job done. But are you effectively collecting their information or storing your medical supplies? Are the nurses in your office wasting time searching for tongue depressors only to realize that your office is out of stock? Do you send a patient from your office to the lab for a blood draw but when the patient arrives at the lab, the information on his paperwork doesn’t match what is in the hospital’s system? Whether it’s during admissions, in the lab or pharmacy, or even bedside, information collection and then the process in which it is stored should be running smoothly with a consistent, accurate flow. Yet we continue to hear that this is one of the biggest challenges that healthcare facilities face today.
Our job is to help you to see your triumphs as well as your challenges from all angles, so we can see how systems and departments interconnect—or could—and ensure the greatest efficiencies and accuracy in your equipment, networks, and process. Then, we work together to create a holistic approach to creating a results-centered plan for your entire automated information and inventory management system. We recommend the best technology for the job, but we go beyond the hardware with extensive support and knowledge, making sure our solutions integrate easily into your network. Check out The Coridian 360° Review and then email us for your review today.
March 15, 2010
Check out this interesting article from the Oklahoman on how health systems are using bar coding to improve patient safety. http://newsok.com/article/3444885