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Patient Wristband: Critical IT Consideration #4—Patient Comfort

Posted by Jan Nash

January 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

When evaluating a patient wristbanding solution, the most critical consideration for IT decision-makers is its impact on patient safety. We’ve also explored business and performance issues such as the wristbanding solution’s total cost of ownership—including cost of hardware and supplies and ease of integration and support—and its ease and efficiency of use by staff. Now let’s take a look at the final consideration, patient comfort.bar code patient wristband

Consideration #4: Patient Comfort

One factor in patient comfort is whether the wristband can be printed with Aztec Code. Extremely space-efficient and able to encode a significant amount of data, Aztec Code does not need a quiet zone between symbols like other 2-D symbologies, which means the code can be printed multiple times on the patient’s wristband. This ensures that a bar code is always visible and ready to be scanned by caregivers regardless of the wristband’s position, so they do not have to move or disturb the patient to get a fast and accurate scan.

While laser printers cannot produce the Aztec Code 2-D symbology, numerous thermal wristbanding solutions can.

To maximize patient comfort, it is also imperative to select a line of wristbands that offers a range of sizes, including infant, pediatric, adult, and bariatric, and is produced using extra soft material. Patients are often experiencing pain during while in a hospital—they don’t need a band that adds to that discomfort.

Learn more about patient ID wristbands here. There, you can also download the “It’s All in the Wrist” white paper, which includes more information on selecting bar code types and wristband materials.

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