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Prevent Errors With Point Of Care Labelling

Labelling blood and other samples at the time they are collected improves patient safety and helps prevent a host of problems related to misidentification. Misidentified specimen samples create a serious risk to patient safety and can result in misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment. With Zebra’s mobile devices and printers, healthcare workers can print labels at the point of care and perform a three-point check that confirms the links between specimen collection order, the patient wristband and the labelled container.

Improve Patient Safety
Zebra’s specimen collection solutions allow staff to positively identify patients and ensure specimens and results are accurately recorded in the medical record.

Identify, Track and Manage
Handheld computers allow everyone from nurses to lab technicians to scan and print barcodes for accurate specimen tracking and analysis.

Access Information Quickly Test results are logged promptly, providing doctors with accurate data for informed decisions and timely treatment.

Medical UDI

Saving time, money and mistakes with UDI

Patient safety is the top priority for every healthcare provider.  To help healthcare providers track and trace all medical devices, manufacturers are now required to apply Unique Device Identification (UDI) to all medical devices from the point of production, during shipment, through the product’s use and finally, to its disposal.   Although this is predominantly a safety feature, it has the ability to do so much more.

The data from the UDI allows the manufacturer to store information such as the manufacturer, model, version, serial number and use by date.  All of this information can be scanned in an instant and uploaded to the healthcare providers Enterprise Resource Program (ERP).  Not only does this save time but a barcode scanner has an error rate of 1 in 10,000,000 characters scanned compared to that of manual data entry which is 1 in 300.

Time spent with the patient is crucial so paired with the appropriate software, the healthcare provider can streamline processes to ensure time isn’t wasted inputting data.  The data derived from the UDI can be used to optimise inventory management.  This can enable the healthcare provider to implement the first in, first out rule, reduce waste, ensure accurate stock levels and maintain traceability to ease the task of preparing for audits.

The use of the UDI can help to ensure incorrect or expired devices are not used.  In the case of recalls, the healthcare provider can quickly establish the location of the medical device and remove it without negatively impacting at the point of care.  Faulty medical supplies/devices can be highlighted, located and pulled from the supply chain.

When laser marking is added within the hospitals sterile services department an UDI can be applied to surgical devices allowing it to be traced and tracked throughout the entire cleaning, packing and disinfection process in the hospital decontamination unit.  The laser marking process does not affect the passive protective layer of the instrument and can be used on stainless steel, adonised aluminium, titanium and plastic.

Linked below is a case study of the successful implementation of UDI using Datalogic Laser Marking System within NHS Tayside Central Decontamination Unit – Datalogic Case Study.

Not all scanners are created equally, contact Sciamed now to discuss your current scanner and software package and see how you can incorporate the advantages of UDI to your business.


Top 5 Reasons To Buy Zebra Wristbands

We all know that patient wristbands are the foundation for a safer, more efficient process for delivering care. They are critical for accurate patient identification therefore high quality is of the up most importance. However, not all wristbands are of equal quality. Some wristbands are not durable enough to withstand the rigours of a busy hospital environment, leading to mistakes, increased costs and more worryingly, a compromise in patient care. There are many factors that can effect the performance of wristbands such as ink that fades when exposed to water, alcohol or hand santitizers, poorly printed font which is either too small or easily damaged resulting in unreadable data. Zebra understand the consequences that these issues can cause and for that reason ensure that all wristbands go through vigorous testing conducted by an independent laboratory to guarantee the highest quality, every time.

  1. Comfortable To Wear – gentle enough to protect skin from injury without sacrificing quality.
  2. Durable – strong enough to last throughout the entire patient stay, whether it’s 2 days or 2 weeks.
  3. Quality Construction – tough enough to endure constant exposure to water and hand sanitizers without fading or smudging.
  4. Easily Scanned – readable 100% of the time without having to awaken patient to adjust bands for scanning.
  5. Effortlessly Printed – reliable quick and easy printing without encountering feeding issues and paper jams.

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