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125 Million Patient I.D. Wristbands

Posted by Tim Dreyer

June 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

For over forty years, Zebra has been improving a broad variety of process performances by delivering industry solutions that enable our customers to deploy the right asset in the right in the right place at the right time.

This capability can result in anything from improving the speed of overnight package deliveries, decreasing manufacturing production errors, and though no one likes to get them, even improving the record quality of electronic traffic citations.Patinet I.D. Wristband

But no tracking metric has been more important to us than the improvement of patient safety through bar coded wristband printing.

According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100,000 Americans die annually in U.S. hospitals because of avoidable medical errors - the eighth leading cause of death here in the states. That is higher than auto accidents or breast cancer.

Since the first bar coded wristband we printed in 1995, Zebra has been committed to patients and healthcare facilities by developing industry-leading thermal transfer technology that helps track patient and medication information with clearer, more reliable patient information. Better usable information leads to fewer medication errors.

Patient safety begins at the wrist. It is the single point where a healthcare practioner makes sure that the right patient gets the right medication at the right time. That is why we are marking a significant milestone. This month Zebra will have sold one hundred and twenty five million wristbands around the world; more than 50 percent of those in the last 18 months. This increase can be directly tied to the adoption rate of bedside bar code medication administration which requires scanning a patient's wristband and then scanning the medication before administering it to the patient.

But we are stopping at 125 million. We are continuing to incorporate new technologies that will make wristbands more comfortable, make them last longer, and even impervious to the print-fading results of hand sanitizers.

Hospitals around the world - from the Portiuncula Hospital in Ireland, to the Hospital Bandeirantes in Sao Palo to the Nebraska Medical Center here in the U.S. - are getting a clear and consistent reads on their patients' wrists, using Zebra wristbands. This delivers the greatest process improvement of all: better patient safety.

To see more of Zebra's patient safety solutions, click here.

Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA