One size doesn’t fit all: Choose the right patient wristbands

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.


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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