Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) in Houma, Louisiana is a facility with the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. It is also recognized nationally and internationally for patient safety and high quality, compassionate care.
Fading Wristbands, A Disruption in Patient Care
TGMC uses thermal printers to produce their barcoded patient identification wristbands. However, while using a PDC competitor’s brand, the barcodes and patient information were fading off the wristbands when patients stayed for more than a few days. The unscannable barcodes would disrupt patient care and delay workflow as staff had to take time out to reprint the wristbands.
A Durable Solution
TGMC received trial samples of PDC ScanBand® DR direct thermal patient wristbands, which are constructed of material designed specifically to extend the print life of the wristbands. Staff evaluated the new bands by wearing both wristbands for two weeks and saw the incumbent band fade, while the ScanBand DR stayed crisp the entire period. Further testing and evaluation verified this finding and the decision was made to implement the PDC wristbands.
“The ScanBand DR wristbands lasted much longer than our previous band.
The barcode and information did not fade, and the change even resulted in significant cost savings for us,” John Sonnier, Patient Access Manager, TGMC said.
The PDC ScanBand DR wristbands decreased the number of workflow disruptions for the staff. As an added bonus, they are comfortable for the patients and have an antimicrobial coating.