Traceability Solutions For Healthcare.
Laser Marking technology is used to identify surgical instruments with GS1 Standard and 2D Datamatrix code. The solution allows items to be tracked ensuring positive identification throughout the washing, disinfection, packing and sterilisation process in Hospital Decontamination Units.
The ability to mark each instrument with a GS1 compliant code allows the management system to identify the instrument using a GS1 GTIN and UDI code that is unique and site-specific.
Laser marking systems require no on-going consumables and tests independently performed have found the marking process does not affect the passive protective layer of the metal which means it can be used on stainless steel, titanium and plastic.
Laser Marking Solutions
By identifying each instrument with a permanent mark, time spent affixing labels or identifying un-tagged instruments is saved. Training is given to your team who can perform the marking on-site.
Each surgical instrument is marked with a permanent high-quality and high precision barcode which ensures every step in the instruments life cycle can be tracked.
Healthcare providers and manufactures are now required to track and trace all medical devices. 2D Datamatrix codes that incorporate UDI (Unique Device Identification) which comply with GS1 standard are used to minimise the code size, whilst maintaining readability.
Compared to affixing a label or tag to the device, laser marking only has to be performed once. No additional steps or consumables are required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why laser marking?
New regulations dictate that certain medical devices must be marked with a unique device identification code. Laser marking is a cost-effective and reliable solution that marks each piece of surgical equipment with a GS1 standard, 2D Datamatrix code which does not deteriorate during the decontamination process.
Label-based identification system requires labels to be replaced every two years.
How does it work?
The system uses a short pulse laser to permanently mark the instrument with a GS1, 2D Datamatrix code leaving a smooth finish which is critical for the healthcare environment. Once marked it allows the item to be tracked and traced throughout the cleaning, packing and disinfection process.
The laser marking process has been found to not affect the passive protective layer of the metal ensuring the quality of the instrument material does not deteriorate.
What are the benefits?
- No ongoing requirement for consumables
- Permanent marking is essential in medical devices as it provides traceability
- The laser mark is a permanent mark on the surface of the instrument which does not create a crevice, where dirt or debris could collect
- The equipment requires no scheduled maintenance
- Marking instruments is a quick and simple non-contact marking process
What material can the laser be applied on?
The system is able to mark a GS1 Unique Identifier code that is site-specific on a wide variety of materials including Stainless Steel, Anodised Aluminium, Titanium, Plastics and many more.