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Resolving the Unseen Dangers of Inaccurate Patient Identification

Posted July 27, 2020

Needless to say, there is already a great deal of anxiety felt within a hospital. The last thing your staff and patients should worry about is whether or not they are receiving the correct treatment. However, researchers at the Emergency Care Research Institute cite mismatched identification as one of the top ten concerns[1] patients have in 2020. As a matter of fact, American healthcare systems lose an average of $6 billion[2] annually due to inaccurate patient identification and matching. In addition to potential patient endangerment and financial loss, poor identification can also lead to:

  • Wasted medical resources
  • Lost staff productivity
  • Incorrect discharge instructions
  • Transfusion and medication errors
  • Diminished patient trust

To reduce these harms, healthcare professionals are encouraged to double-check wristbands before administering care; however, when bands are fading, crumpled, or inaccessible, proper identification becomes more difficult.

See how our partnership with Zebra Technologies can improve your identification system in our video:

Get more out of your Patient Tracking System with Barcodes, Inc.

As leaders in effective tracking, Barcodes, Inc. works closely with your team to develop a customized patient identification solution that provides reliable visibility from admission to discharge. Working with Zebra’s healthcare-grade wristbands, design and deploy a system that enhances care with visible patient status and real-time feedback, while also benefiting from Barcodes, Inc.’s services:

  • Software development and integration
  • Staging and product management services
  • Automatic re-ordering and shipping

Contact us today to integrate efficiency back into your identification system.

[1] Cheney, Christopher. Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2020. Health Leaders. Mar 17, 2020.

[2] Caramencio, Alicia. Patient-matching issues cost hospitals $1.5M a year. Fierce Healthcare. Apr 17, 2018.

What to Expect from Your Healthcare-Grade Labels

Posted July 27, 2020

Errors and healthcare simply don’t mix, yet studies suggest that more than half[1] of lab errors occur as a result of improper labeling. From wasted medical supplies to fatal mistakes, improper healthcare labeling damages a hospital’s operations from the inside out. To eliminate unnecessary risks, we recommend reviewing label performance by certifying your printing supplies fulfill the following expectations:

  • Long-lasting adhesive strength – Your labels carry vital information wherever they go, which means that a missing label can stop your workflow and implicate patient care.
  • Temperature endurance – Because medical assets and medications can transition between drastic temperatures throughout the day, labels should be fitted to endure constant temperature swings in order to preserve identification.
  • Crisp legibility regardless size – From large operating machinery to small test tubes, every healthcare asset requires reliable identification. Simplify data capture with smear-resistant barcodes that fit your custom label.
  • Writable surface – Since caregivers will most likely need to write on your labels, minimize time spent looking for appropriate pens and integrate writable surfaces into your labeling solution.
  • Chemical resistance – Last but not least, healthcare labels should be able to endure abrasive and/or corrosive chemicals as well as disinfectants in order to protect information.

Using Zebra Certified Labels, Barcodes Inc. creates scalable and cost-effective labeling solutions built for healthcare. Plus, count on automatic restocking and replenishment for maximum uptime. As experts in efficient tracking and traceability systems, we build custom solutions that meet your application requirements without draining your budget, effectively cutting errors and confusing workflows.

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Contact us today for a free assessment and see if your healthcare labels are living up to your staff and patients’ expectations.

[1] Identification errors involving clinical laboratories: a College of American Pathologists Q-Probes study of patient and specimen identification errors at 120 institutions. Archives of Pathology and Medicine.

Is Your Technology Helping or Hindering Patient Care?

Posted June 23, 2020

In a span of ten years, over 90%[1] of medical facilities nationwide have switched from paper-based tracking to automated systems, yet patient identification problems continue to persist in the digitized era. Researchers at the ECRI Institute suggest that technology may be responsible for as much as 15%[2] of patient misidentification errors occurring predominantly at the patient’s bedside. Several technical issues may be to blame, including:

  • Poorly printed identification wristbands
  • Complicated or “buggy” tracking software
  • Lack of available devices
  • Devices incapable of capturing data without line of sight

Explore the advantages of a high-performing patient identification solution in our video:

How Can Wristband Printing Help?

As leaders in efficient tracking, Barcodes Inc. combines the power of Zebra’s easy-to-deploy ZD510-HC wristband printer with adaptable identification software to eliminate any complications that might distract your staff from providing superior care. Enhance the patient experience while simplifying identification systems with:

  • Faster wristband and label printing
  • Easier media reloading that diminishes downtime
  • Customized wristbands
  • Long-lasting prints that preserve identification
  • Scalable applications that adapts to patient influx 

Contact us today for a free demonstration and integrate labeling efficiency back into your patient identification system.

[1] Landi, Heather. Survey: Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Use EHRs, CPOE Systems. Healthcare Innovation.  Sept 11, 2019.

[2] White, Jess. Prevent patient identification errors. Healthcare Business & Technology. Sept 29, 2016.