Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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...
v-notch label

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

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...
patient safety

Patient Safety is the Focus of Every Employee at East Georgia Regional Medical Center

Patient safety is at the forefront of mind for staff members at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. The facility recently switched to a bar coding patient & specimen identification system, from its previous handwritten system. The automated, bar coding system has greatly helped the facility improve its medication dispensing error rate. Read the full story below.
Top 10 Patient Safety Challenges 2018

Top 10 Patient Safety Challenges for 2018

As we near the halfway point of 2018, we can’t help but wonder how the Healthcare industry is tackling the top 10 identified patient...
Armed Security

A National Debate: To Arm or Not to Arm Hospital Security Officers?

Violence remains widespread in today’s society, and unfortunately, has risen in hospitals over the years.  In February of this year, a Florida man walked...
Improve Sterile Processing Workflow with 3 C's

Loaner and Vendor Problems: The 3 C’s that Can Improve your SPD

As the staff of most Sterile Processing Departments (SPD) can tell you, sterilization is getting complicated. As surgeries become more and more intricate and...

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...

Reducing Wrong-Site Operations: How Universal Protocol Was Established

Surgery is an invasive procedure that carries weighty risks such as anesthesia reactions, infections, and wrong-site, or wrong procedure. Thankfully, today’s OR teams are...

MA Nurses Support Bill to Protect Healthcare Workers

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Hospitals and healthcare facilities are more susceptible to workplace violence than any other industry.  In response to this growing epidemic, the Massachusetts...

Blood Transfusion Safety at the Point of Care

Blood transfusions have the power to help save the lives of patients who have had a massive trauma, are undergoing a major surgery, or...