There’s no bond quite like the one between a mother and her newborn child.
With more than 3.8 million births a year in the U.S., hospitals across the country need to take every care to ensure things go as smoothly as possible for both the mother and the newborn.
But with so many births taking place, and hospitals facing increasing financial pressure and labor resource issues, infants are sometimes misidentified.
One study showed nearly 400 instances where an infant was misidentified in at least one hospital interaction each year. Sometimes it’s a temporary mix-up that’s quickly resolved with no harm done. Other times these incidents can lead to more serious complications such as incorrect medication administration or even surgical procedures being performed on the wrong infant.
Positive ID From the Very Beginning
With barcoded patient wristbands being used in so many healthcare facilities, it makes good sense to start applying this proven technology as soon as possible. Ideally, a mother-infant ID solution should:
Provide seamless matching of mother and infant
Integrate with leading HCIS platforms
Minimize the number of additional wristbands needed by the mother
Provide the flexibility to print the wristbands as needed