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When you think Zebra, you may think of printers, but we're so much more than that. A leader in developing solutions that feature barcode, RFID and RTLS technologies, Zebra converts the physical into the digital to give assets, people and transactions a virtual voice. When you have more visibility, you can drive more value.

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Wising up – not dumbing down to improve patient safety

Posted by Zebra EMEA December 5, 2013 at 5:40 AM

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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?

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Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Identification, ZebraEMEA,, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Bedside Medication Verification with Bar Code Wristbands

Posted by Sabine Nickel October 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Assure the 5 Rights of Medication Administration

When it comes to healthcare, today’s highly informed patients have choices. And their biggest decision point is often based on trust that the provider will deliver the best quality of care, safely and efficiently. Over the past two decades, bar code technologies have helped to streamline bedside care and reduce medication errors, while reducing paperwork and administrative workload.

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center On Board for Quality Care

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

Bar Code Wristbands for Infants – Soft, Sizable, and Safe

Posted by Sabine Nickel July 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Earlier this year, we posted an article about “Babies and Bar Codes” and how bar coded wristbands protect newborns and prevent mix-ups in medication and milk-collection. Now we want to take a closer look at different wristband types and options specifically for newborns and infants...

Helping to Fulfill Maternity Ward Healthcare Mandates

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

Best Practices for Bar Code Wristband Formatting

Posted by Sabine Nickel July 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

How Get the Most from Your Wristband Deployment

There’s plenty of case information proving that bar coded wristbands can help improve patient safety, boost quality of care, and achieve industry mandates. But, not all wristband deployments take advantage of the full value bar coding can deliver. Realizing the most benefit requires that the information provided on the wristband must afford easy readability, and deliver the correct information.

If you are looking at various patient ID solutions, you must take into account formatting considerations to ensure you make the optimal choice. This is especially crucial during the first 30 days of looking at a patient ID solution.

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

Are you at the unSummit? Meet the Way-Paver Award Winner 2011!

Posted by Sabine Nickel April 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

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

Critical Considerations for Labeling in the Laboratory

Posted by Sabine Nickel March 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM

What happens when a lab specimen label contains incorrect information? According to a study by the College of American Pathologists, over 160,000 adverse events in U.S. hospitals occur annually because of sample identification errors. When it comes to the health of our loved ones and us, such numbers are concerning.

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

How Bar Coding and Scanning at Bedside Ensure Quality Care and Safety

Posted by Tim Dreyer March 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Close to 100,000 Americans die annually in U.S. hospitals because of avoidable medical errors, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which also reports that medical errors rank as America’s eighth leading cause of death – higher than auto accidents or breast cancer. Even the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have taken an aggressive stance on this issue announcing in August of 2007 that it would no longer pay for the treatment of many preventable errors, including those considered “never events” which means they never should have happened if appropriate protocol had been followed.Patient Safety 300x300 resized 600

As National Patient Safety Week kicks off, hospitals around the world will be taking the time to reiterate with their patients the various measures they are taking to avoid these types of statistics and ensure their safety.  Patients, doctors and nurses can and should be advocating for technology that reduces duplicative work and ensures that they are getting and giving the best care possible.  

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

It’s all in the Wrist – Bar Code Wristbands for Improved Accuracy

Posted by Sabine Nickel February 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

An accelerated trend toward reducing administrative costs while improving the quality of care are driving the widespread adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems at hospitals nationwide. To this end, bar code-based systems are proven in their ability to boost the accuracy of patient records, minimize errors, and enhance the overall safety of care.

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

Zebra at HIMSS: Smarter healthcare. Safer patients.

Posted by Sabine Nickel February 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM

If you’re coming to HIMSS make sure to visit Zebra’s booth #5449 and see how to make healthcare smarter—and patients safer.

Visit Zebra for demonstrations of thermal, on-demand printers for bar coded wristbands, labels and ID cards. Zebra offers the right solution to maximize patient safety at the point of care—from bedside specimen collection to pharmacy and lab applications.Healthcare pictures

Used throughout the hospital, Zebra printing solutions help ensure the right care, for the right patient, at the right time …

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

#5.Ultimate IT Patient Wristband Consideration: Thermal vs.Laser

Posted by Jan Nash February 9, 2011 at 9:26 AM

We’ve been examining critical considerations for IT decision-makers when evaluating a patient wristbanding solution. Last time, we looked at Critical IT Consideration #4—Patient Comfort.Patient ID wristband for patient safety

As we wrap up this series, the upshot is, bar coded wristbands enable caregivers to quickly access medical information at the point of care for a variety of patient safety applications. The initial capital outlay for a dedicated thermal bar code labeling system—when compared to other print technologies such as laser—will be more than offset by the productivity gains, quality advantages and material savings that it provides even for users who print wristbands infrequently.

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