Hospitals and clinics need to be able to efficiently trace medical implants in case of product recall.
Excellent care with compassion.
That is Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (LTH) motto.
To provide this excellent care, LTH needs to ensure the right items are getting to the right patient at its hospitals.
VfL Bochum, a second-division German football club, is one of the oldest established sports organisations in the world. However, that doesn’t mean it’s traditional in all senses of the word. It wants the latest technology to support its operational efficiency, which is why it has deployed a range of ZXP Series printers, including the latest Series 7 printer, and associated cards and ribbons, as well as TC70 Touch Computers from Zebra Technologies.
Tested and proven in over 2,000 locations nationwide, Zebra’s GX420Rx works seamlessly with your hospital’s technology software, and complies with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Tamper Resistant Prescription Law.
When NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, took on his new role in April 2014, he stated that the organisation was facing the biggest challenge in its history because of the squeeze on its budgets, and warned that the next few years would require a significant effort to maintain the highest levels of service and care, and balance the books.
According a recent article in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, “the number of outpatient surgeries grew by 40% over a ten year period …Although nearly two-thirds of U.S. surgeries are performed in the ambulatory setting, little is known about patient safety and care quality in this arena. But that’s quickly changing.”
One of the keys to patient safety, implemented extensively throughout hospitals, is the ability to positively identify patients, primarily through barcoded wristbands. Though these wristbands have not been as widespread in the ambulatory setting, the critical need to increase patient safety in this area of the continuum means that soon patients will receive these identifiers regardless of the time it takes to receive their healthcare.
Back in September 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). GUDID is a publicly searchable database administered by the FDA that will serve as a reference catalogue for every device with an identifier. Under the UDI final rule, the labeller of each medical device labelled with a unique device identifier (UDI) must submit information concerning that device to the GUDID, unless subject to an exception or alternative.
Yes, it’s a US compliance guideline – but if you’re thinking you’re outside the US and it doesn’t apply to you, think again. If you’re a medical industry manufacturer and you’re exporting to the US, the guidelines apply to you, too.
If there’s anyone we put our ultimate trust in, it’s our doctors.
And rightly so –your GP knows all about you: your age, your blood type, your allergies, your medical history and the medication that you take. Your records are safely stored in a database, which could be accessed by other medical professionals in an emergency situation.
Barcodes on drugs? Whatever for? They’re already labelled, aren’t they?
And barcodes on patients? It’s so impersonal. They shouldn’t be treated as though they were tins of baked beans.
And what about the medical staff scanning those barcodes? These are trained people. They shouldn’t be made to feel as though they’re reduced to operating a supermarket checkout, surely?