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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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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

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

Bar Coding Your Way to Patient Safety

Posted by Tim Dreyer May 6, 2010 at 12:30 PM

An article in InjuryBoard.com today takes a look at how bar coded technology can reduce medication administration errors in hospitals. The piece references a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that medication errors are the most common of all medical errors. Between wrong prescription, wrong dose, wrong time even wrong patient there are many factors that account for the nearly 1.5 million medication errors that occur annually. Barcodes reduce medication errors

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

Are Your Patient Wristbands Too Hot to Handle?

Posted by Tim Dreyer April 23, 2010 at 9:14 AM

MRIs are generally considered safe procedures. Foreign objects in the body however which may interfere or react to the electromagnetic fields associated with MRI systems. A recent report in Radiology details an unexpected reaction caused by a combination of patient wristbands and skin contact that was previously not thought to be any risk to the patient.

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

Bar Coded Patient Wristband Printing: A Few Considerations Before You Start

Posted by Tim Dreyer January 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Bar coded patient identification wristbands enable caregivers to quickly access medical information at the point of care for a variety of patient applications. If your healthcare organization is looking into introducing bar coded wristbands, you’ll likely start by examining the two most common wristband printing methods—laser and thermal.

Before you choose, compare not only the costs behind each, but how each print technology affects the productivity of the end-user and the printer. Use the following four considerations as guidelines in your selection process:

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

3 Tips to Optimize Thermal Bar Code Wristband Printing

Posted by Tim Dreyer January 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Creating clear, quality bar coded hospital wristbands for positive patient ID systems requires attention to detail and printer configuration that differ from most other types of printing. The curved nature of patient identification wristbands, and the limited space available for text and the bar code, are two common challenges. The following tips will help you achieve the greatest efficiency and print quality from your thermal wristband printer.

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

5 Reasons Why a Thermal Print Solution is the Way to Wristband

Posted by Tim Dreyer January 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Bar code systems help hospitals deliver accurate information in a variety of patient care and clinical settings, making them an important component in improving patient safety and process efficiency. Therefore, these systems should be developed and executed with care, using dedicated printers that are optimized to provide reliable, accurate bar code output.

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