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 treatment at the right time.
Below are a few reasons why choosing high quality medical labels and ID bands is important:
Accurate Patient Identification and Barcode Scanning
Clear and legible patient information and barcodes on ID bands and labels is paramount in ensuring patient safety. Unfortunately, healthcare facilities can be a harsh environment. Chemicals, liquids, sanitizers and more commonly come into contact with both labels and ID bands, and patients can stay for weeks at a time, putting ID bands through tough daily wear and tear.
A tattered patient ID band or label can lead to barcode scanning errors, disrupting workflows and sometimes leading to misidentification or medical errors. A simple way to prevent this is by choosing suppliers who prioritize providing high quality consumables designed for healthcare use. Typically, this means the consumables are resistant to liquids and highly durable, ensuring barcodes and patient data is legible and scannable for a patient’s entire stay.
Seamless Integration with Tech and EMR Systems
Choosing quality ID bands and medical labels designed for healthcare means they’re also likely designed to seamlessly integrate with your healthcare printers and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. This integration is vital to ensuring smooth workflows and effective identification. Medical labels are also typically designed to be compatible with Lab or Pharmacy Information Systems (LIS, PIS), helping technicians ensure accurate identification of medications, blood bags, vials, syringes, and much more.
The healthcare landscape is heavily regulated, and healthcare identification processes are no exception. Reputable suppliers produce consumables that meet industry standards and regulations, such as those set forth by The Joint Commission and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA compliant labels, for example, can help healthcare providers uphold patient confidentiality.
A Positive Patient Experience
Beyond patient safety, ID bands also play a role in creating a positive patient experience. They’re a huge part of the welcome and check-in process, which needs to go smoothly to instill confidence in the patient. If the check-in process is inefficient, frustrating, or unwelcoming, it sets a bad tone for the rest of the patient’s stay. Therefore, the printing of patient ID bands and labels needs to be effective and efficient from the very start of the patient’s journey.
Patient comfort is also a factor when it comes to a positive patient experience, with some wristbands (such as ScanBand® Soft) being specifically designed for comfort. These ultra-soft bands are especially ideal if a patient is elderly or has sensitive skin, as they help to prevent skin cuts.
The choice of your consumable supplier is a strategic decision with far-reaching implications for patient safety and quality care. PDC shares in healthcare providers’ commitment to providing a safe and reliable patient care environment, providing healthcare professionals with high quality identification solutions for over 65 years. With a vast portfolio and custom manufacturing capabilities, PDC is uniquely qualified to be a trusted supplier and partner.
Source: PDC, by Brady