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Key Considerations for Bar Coded Infant Wristbands

Posted March 23, 2012

Make the Switch from Vinyl with Confidence

Medical centers worldwide are switching to bar coded wristbands to improve the safety and quality of care while meeting industry mandates. However, nurses in maternity wards are concerned that the switch from vinyl to new materials may not be suitable for infants. Tried and tested for decades, vinyl is non-abrasive, hypoallergenic, and does not damage the delicate skin of babies and premature infants. In fact, infants are the hardest patients to create wristbands for, and few adequate solutions exist that support this need.

Fortunately, bar coded wristband solutions now offer soft nylon material that is perfect for the delicate skin of a tiny infant. Even with the right material, the information provided on the wristband must afford easy readability, and deliver the right information in the right way. Due to the small size of an infant’s wrist, little room exists on the wristband to contain all the information required for effective bar coding.

The purpose of this white paper is to provide maternity ward staff the information they need to make the right decisions when it comes to bar coded infant wristbands. Durable, supple wristbands that deliver the full benefits of bar coding make it easier for nurses to perform infant care tasks, and help eliminate workarounds. The result is improved efficiency and quality of care. Medical staff is more productive, there are fewer chances for errors, and nurses can provide more focused attention to infants in their care.

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Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Enforces Bedside Medication Verification with Wristband Solution

Posted March 21, 2012

Durable, Flexible Bands Prevent Workarounds and Contribute to High Scan Rates

About Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

In Thibodaux, La., Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, a 185-bed acute care facility, provides inpatient and outpatient care for the people of Lafourche and seven surrounding parishes. For the third consecutive year, J.D. Power and Associates recognized the center for service excellence under the Distinguished Hospital Program, acknowledging Thibodaux Regional’s strong commitment to provide “An Outstanding Patient Experience” for inpatient and outpatient services.

Challenge

To achieve and maintain its award-winning reputation, Thibodaux has progressed on several key initiatives in recent years. The medical center has increasingly moved toward a more paperless environment and brought in bedside medication verification (BMV).

With those strides, the hospital knew it needed to upgrade its approach to patient wristbands as well. Paper labels created paper waste, and didn’t hold up well in the hospital environment.

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Blood Bag Labeling

Posted March 21, 2012

Industry Need

With nearly 5 million Americans requiring blood transfusions annually, there is a tremendous need for blood products to supply these important therapies. Blood banks and collection centers require robust labels to reliably track blood from the donor to the final recipient; these labels need to survive multiple processing, testing, and storage steps through challenging environmental conditions. Intermec’s blood bag labeling product set enables durable, positive tracking of these critical components.

Bar coded blood bag labels enable the high degree of accuracy required for successful transfusion therapy. Clearly identified blood typing prevents serious complications that could result from donor type incompatibility. Different blood components and storage conditions yield varying shelf life; clear expiration date identification guarantees patients receive only safe, effective products. Formats configured in compliance with ISBT-128 standards provide interoperability with multiple collection centers, processing locations, and hospital systems.

In order for essential data to follow the contents of the blood bag, labels must endure a series of challenging conditions. Labels must maintain a strong bond to the flexible blood bag during centrifugation while whole blood is separated into components. Labels must remain positively attached during standard or cryogenic freezing (plasma and some red cells), refrigeration (red cells), or continuous shaking at room temperature (platelets). The bond must then be maintained during warming, which often includes immersion in a water bath.

Beyond the physical performance needs, blood bag labels must also meet regulatory requirements. The United States Food and Drug Administration mandates compliance with 21 CFR175.105 to increase safety should components of the adhesive migrate through the plastic into the blood bag.

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Adopting Bar Code Labeling in Hospital Pharmacies

Posted March 20, 2012

One of the most proven and effective methods to prevent medical errors is to use bar coding to identify medications at the unit-dose level for dispensing and administration. By taking action to ensure all medications used in the hospital include a bar code, pharmacists can set a strong foundation for patient safety initiatives and align their organization with patient safety goals established by The Joint Commission and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

This white paper will illustrate how bar code systems improve patient safety; summarize the ASHP, The Joint Commission, and FDA policies and recommendations that are driving the current surge in bar code-based patient safety programs; present bar code marking options for pharmacists; and provide guidance for developing a practical strategy for bar code-based patient safety programs.

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Wristband Formatting Best Practices

Posted March 19, 2012

Key Considerations for Improving Patient Care

Bar coded patient wristbands are an excellent way for medical centers to improve the safety and quality of care while meeting industry mandates. To gain the most benefit, the information provided on the wristband must afford easy readability, and deliver the right information in the right way. Healthcare personnel who are starting to look at a patient ID solution need to know the key considerations of patient wristbands from a formatting perspective. This is especially crucial during the first 30 days of looking at a patient ID solution.

Like any technology or process, following proven best practices helps ensure a smooth transition to deployment and beyond. The purpose of this white paper is to help healthcare IT staff launch the right wristband system with the right format. Proper wristband formatting makes it easier for nurses and clinicians to perform patient care tasks so that there is no need for workarounds. The result is improved efficiency and quality of care—medical staff is more productive, there are fewer chances for errors, and nurses can provide more focused attention to their patients.
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Disinfectant-Ready Barcode Scanner Enclosures for Healthcare Environments

Posted January 26, 2011

In any area of a healthcare facility, the need to limit the spread of germs is critial to improve patient care and protect employees in direct contact with infected patients. This can be particularly important if the barcode scanner is traveling room-to-room on a medication cart, stationed in a high-traffic area, or used by multiple personnel. To protect patients and employees, shared equipment must always be kept in a clean, sanitary condition; yet, routine cleaning of data collection devices with harsh chemicals can erode plastic enclosures over time and potentially damage internal components.

Datalogic disinfectant-ready barcode scanners

To solve this challenge, Datalogic‘s Disinfectant-Ready enclosures are designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant chemical solutions to effectively fight germs and bacteria. These special plastic enclosures are treated with silver ion-based anti-microbial additives to earn their anti-microbial status. These additives have been proven to inhibit microbial growth on the scanner’s surface when tested against standards JIS Z 2801:2000. This standard is internationally recognized by the healthcare industry and certifies that specific germs and other micro-organisms are inhibited by the silver ion-based additives. Datalogic’s Disinfectant-Ready enclosures are additionally coupled with industry leading IP sealing ratings to further protect the scanners internal components from intrusion by chemicals and other liquids.

Protect your technology investment as well as your patients and employees health with Disinfectant-Ready enclosures from Datalogic and ensure years of dependable and reliable scanning performance.

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Janam Introduces Rugged Antimicrobial Handheld Computers for Healthcare

Posted October 15, 2010

Janam Technologies announced a new mobile healthcare solution that extends the company’s popular XM Series product line with antimicrobial versions of the XM66 and XM60+ rugged handhelds. The new XM66AM and XM60+AM provide the healthcare sector with rugged antimicrobial devices that support mobility solutions aimed at improving patient safety, streamlining complicated processes and reducing medical errors.

The XM66AM and XM60+AM rugged antimicrobial mobile computers are the only handhelds in their category that offer “whole device” antimicrobial coverage. Unlike competitive methodologies, Janam’s antimicrobial products have a continuous protective layer encompassing the scan window, display surface, stylus and screws. The entire unit – not just the plastic housing – is protected by an antimicrobial coating that effectively kills microorganisms.

The XM66AM and XM60+AM are the only fully rugged, antimicrobial, mobile computers that deliver a full 3.5″ display yet weigh less than 10 ounces. They are small and light enough to comfortably carry throughout a work shift, and they provide superior viewability, making them a welcome tool for uses ranging from medication administration to specimen tracking. Like all Janam PDA products, the antimicrobial XM66AM and XM60+AM are built to withstand rigorous use in tough environments, surviving repeated 4’/1.2m drops to concrete and sealed to IP54 standards.

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Motorola MC75A0-HC Mobile Computer for Healthcare

Posted September 16, 2010

Motorola MC75 healthcareTake healthcare quality and patient safety to the next level with the Motorola MC75A0-HC. Easy to carry and easy to use, the MC75A0-HC is designed for life inside the hospital, able to endure everyday drops and bumps as well as disinfecting after each patient. And robust wireless application performance and wireless connectivity options allows healthcare givers to access patient records, accurately administer medication, monitor patient vital signs, place lab and pharmacy orders, view test results and more — all in just seconds anywhere inside the facility.

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Motorola DS6878-HC Healthcare Scanner Video

Posted March 12, 2010

The DS6878-HC cordless imager from Motorola has been designed specifically for healthcare. It helps prevent medical errors, improve patient safety and increase caregiver productivity.


Motorola DS6878-HC Cordless Barcode Scanner Designed to Improve Patient Care in Healthcare Environments

Posted March 1, 2010

Motorola DS6878DS6878-HC cordless bar code scanner inhibits the spread of germs, extends mobility and provides real-time information at the point of care

Motorola announced its newest advanced data capture solution for healthcare – the DS6878-HC cordless 2D imager. The DS6878-HC imager extends the access of critical information to the patient’s bedside, the nurse’s station, operating room and beyond with the highest levels of reliability and performance. Specifically designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use in demanding healthcare environments, the DS6878-HC helps to prevent medical errors, improve patient safety and increase caregiver productivity by providing real-time and convenient access to information.

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