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PDC Healthcare Launches New DuraProtect™ Laser Wristbands Engineered to Deliver Greater Durability at a Lower Cost

DuraProtect Laser Wristbands
Valencia, CA (November 29, 2017) – PDC Healthcare, a global leader of innovative identification and patient safety solutions, announced today the launch of DuraProtect™, its newest line of laser patient identification wristbands.  The new line of laser printable wristbands combines a protective laminate shield and advanced synthetic material to deliver optimized print and barcode scanning performance, improved protection and...

PDC Healthcare Introduces New Line of Spee-D-Mark™ 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Markers for Mammography

Valencia, CA (October 31, 2017) – PDC Healthcare, a global leader of innovative identification and patient safety solutions, announced today the release of its new line of Spee-D-Mark™ 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Markers for mammography.  Specifically designed for 3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), Spee-D-Mark™ 3D Markers help technologists and radiologists mark and identify moles, scars, palpable masses, and areas of...

PDC Healthcare Helps Design Wristband to Aid Infant Immunizations Globally in Underserved Populations

PDC Healthcare, the global leader in ID solutions, is honored to be participating in a global health initiative designed to make a significant impact on the quality and timeliness of healthcare in underserved populations. The Immunization Challenge in Pakistan The World Health Organization estimates that vaccinations help save over 2.5 million lives globally every year; however, in Pakistan, a staggering 60%...

Make it Stick: How to Properly Apply Specimen Labels to Blood Tubes

Accurate specimen identification is critical to laboratory regulatory compliance and operational performance. Missing labels account for 10% of specimen labeling errors, according to a TechValidate survey of 152 laboratory professionals. That’s why proper application of lab labels is essential. If a label is not properly applied it could lead to unidentified or lost specimens, which negatively impact lab efficiency, regulatory...

Let’s Get it Straight – Blood Tube Label Alignment Matters

v-notch label
Do you ever get blood collection tubes sent down to your lab that look like this? Do you have to constantly re-label your specimens because your barcodes won’t scan and the text is hard to read or even unidentifiable? Ever wonder how to correctly and easily align a blood tube label?   Misaligned Labels Increase the Risk of Specimen Identification Errors Properly lining up...

CDC Publishes 2016-2017 Early Season Healthcare Workers Flu Vaccination Rates

Influenza Vaccinations
With the 2017-2018 flu season approaching, it is vital for healthcare organizations to have an Influenza vaccination policy in place.  According to the CDC, 68.5% of healthcare workers reported receiving their flu shot by November for the 2016-2017 season, which was a slight increase of approximately 2% from the 2015-2016 season.   This, however, still leaves 31.5% of your staff...

4 Essential Tips to Fortify Your Hospital Cybersecurity

4 Tips for Hospital Cybersecurity
At PDC Healthcare, we are strong proponents of hospital cybersecurity in addition to on-site security at hospitals. In fact, we wrote a guide for healthcare professionals with tips on how to mitigate the risk of unidentified visitors. Is your hospital’s IT security ready for today’s digital threats? This past May, computer networks around the world were hit with the WannaCry...

3 Ways Specimen Labeling Errors Threaten Your Laboratory

According to an internal survey of PDC laboratory label users, with an average 5,500 specimens passing through laboratories monthly, accurate identification is critical, and drastically impacts your lab’s operational performance.   According to a study published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, specimen labeling errors account for 55.5% of identification errors in the lab.1 Specimen labeling errors continue to threaten...

How to Prevent Hidden Spending From Sinking Your Budget

Avoid hidden spending with PDC ValuePlus
When hospitals purchase healthcare identification products and supplies like patient wristbands and labels, many departments act independently, and may never know that they are all purchasing similar products from multiple vendors, increasing hidden spending.  This decentralized and inefficient process leads to increased costs, due to multiple vendors, additional freight charges, and an unnecessary amount of purchase orders.   Since many...

Infusion Errors, Instrument Cleaning Lead ECRI List of Top Tech Hazards

endoscope hospital cleaning
EDITOR'S NOTE:  Improving patient safety is a top priority among healthcare facilities.  The ECRI Institute recently published its annual list of top 10 health technology hazards for the industry, and the publication, Briefings on Accreditation and Safety (BOAQ), talked to experts who offered useful steps that can be taken to prevent each hazard.  Many infusion errors can be prevented...