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Simple Ways to Align with the 2024 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals

Caregivers know that preserving patient safety is instrumental in every hospital. As we enter 2024, new challenges and events in the constantly changing world of healthcare mean that hospital staff must stay up to date with patient safety standards. To start off the new year, the Joint Commission has updated its National Patient Safety Goals®. The goals...

Ensuring Patient Safety: The Crucial Role of Quality Patient ID Wristbands and Labels

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, precision and accuracy are vital in preventing medical errors and providing the highest quality of patient care. Seemingly small but pivotal elements in this are Patient ID Bands and Medical Labels. Connecting patients to treatment plans and medication, they play a crucial role in ensuring the right patient receives the right...

How Standardizing Consumables Offers Hospitals Quick Wins for Cost Savings

Health Systems Aim to Improve Efficiencies & Reduce Costs Consolidating vendors and standardizing products is a fundamental way for hospital supply chain professionals to achieve cost savings and improve efficiencies for their facilities. Health systems are working to reduce the number of vendors in an attempt to increase purchase volumes with their primary suppliers and to drive contract compliance in...

How Visitor Identification Plays a Vital Role in Security at Children’s Hospitals

Using Time-Expiring Visitor Badges to Improve Safety and Peace of Mind for Patients, Parents and Employees Visitor identification is vital to the security of all healthcare facilities, but perhaps the most important within children’s hospitals, where vulnerable, young patients are being cared for around the clock.  We chatted with a...

4 Ways to Improve Barcode Scanning in Healthcare

When a patient checks in to a hospital or a non-acute care facility, their personal and medical data needs to be recorded. Each patient has an EMR (Electronic Medical Record), which needs to be updated each time a patient needs care. Implementing a scannable barcode system enables caregivers the ability to quickly scan a ID band or...

Inside Look at What’s Keeping Hospital Pharmacists Up at Night

Key Takeaways from a Recent Pharmacy Survey  PDC surveyed 6,400 Hospital Pharmacy Managers and Directors to get feedback on their priorities and challenges. Below we explore the results and key takeaways of the PDC survey, along with some helpful tips for pharmacy professionals.  Top Concerns...

Best Practices for Visitor Identification in Healthcare Facilities

If you’re involved in security within a healthcare facility, you’re responsible for the safety of all people within the building - visitors, employees, and patients. Balancing the wants and needs of these parties in a healthcare facility can be difficult, especially when attempting to create a secure and welcoming site. Visibly identifying all visitors...

Notable Changes from the FDA Mammogram Standards Announcement

In March of 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published updates to their mammography regulations to facilitate better reporting of information and an improved experience for patients. The announcement means change is imminent for many healthcare providers, who will need to adjust policies and make updates to equipment to be compliant.

PDC Partners with Pulsara to Streamline Communication Between EMS, Hospital Personnel, and Emergency Management

Patient tracking during large-scale events is a challenge. Patients may be passed between first responders, ground transport, air transport, and then transferred from one facility to another. For routine calls with individual patients, it’s feasible to track who transported the patient and where they ended up. But in mass-casualty incidents and large-scale hazards, chaotic scenes and large...

Patient ID Performance You Can Rely On

PDC Thermal Wristbands are Lab Tested to Perform in Demanding Healthcare Environment Healthcare providers are constantly evaluating patient safety standards to improve methods to reduce medical errors. Identification plays an important role here, specifically with the use of barcode technology to ensure a patient is receiving the correct care at the correct time....

Health System Adopts Thermal Printing, Builds on Reputation for Technological Excellence 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Improves Patient Safety by Switching to Thermal Wristband and Label Printing Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, an integrated healthcare delivery system in South Carolina, is building on its reputation for technological excellence with the recent adoption of thermal print patient identification technology.  Spartanburg is one of many health systems across the US that has adopted thermal print technology for...

Signs It’s Time for Your ASC to Upgrade Its Patient ID Solution

Every patient, procedure, and staff member an Ambulatory Surgery Center relies on accurate patient identification. Patient identification wristbands are crucial to ensuring patient safety as they provide a critical link between the patient’s identity, electronic medical record, and treatment. With the high volumes ambulatory surgery centers have to handle, it’s critical to stay updated with the latest...

Wristband & Label System Compatibility FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Patient ID Wristbands What wristbands do you have that are compatible with our EMR System? PDC’s laser and thermal wristbands can all be used with any EMR system and work with all leading laser and thermal printers, including PDC...

The Importance of Standardized Colors for Special Risk Patient Alerts

Healthcare workers care for a variety of patients with special risks and health statuses. Being able to easily differentiate and identify these risks can be the difference in ensuring a patient’s safety and makes fulfilling a patient’s needs easier for healthcare workers. Thousands of healthcare facilities across the country have adopted standardized, color-coded...

Five Best Practices for IV Medication Administration Safety 

Healthcare professionals are faced with many obstacles while administering IV medication to patients, which can lead to medical errors and a risk for patient safety. Nearly 40% of medical errors take place during medication administration as it is one of the most intricate processes for healthcare staff. It is critical to ensure the 5 rights of medication...

3 More Efficient Ways to Identify Patients at an ASC

3 More Efficient Ways to Identify Patients at an ASC According to a recent survey with PDC customers, a majority of Ambulatory Surgery Centers are using a printed label adhered to a paper or plastic wristband as their method of identifying patients. While this method enables them to satisfy the Joint Commission’s Two Patient...

How Breast Centers are Improving Patient Experience

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Due to increasing scrutiny around patient satisfaction and what it may mean for reimbursement, patient volume, and quality standards, it’s no surprise that patient experience is at the forefront of breast centers’ priorities. We spoke with many of our top breast health professionals about the top priorities for their facilities. As expected, improving patient experience topped the list, followed...

5 Easy Ways to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Your Healthcare Organization

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an important time to bring attention to a disease that 1 in 8 women have a chance to develop. Raising awareness helps educate women on the warning signs and symptoms of breast cancer, promotes regular cancer screening, and raises funding for research to help save lives.  From identification...