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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.