The 2018 Lab Specimen ID Report

Laboratory Specimen ID Report
Read the Report Now. Over 200 US hospital lab professionals participated in a survey developed to explore the top priorities, challenges, and concerns within the lab, as they relate to specimen errors and identification. Through this report, you can expect to learn how your peers answered, what it means, and how you can begin the dialog at your organization about...

What’s Keeping Hospital Pharmacy Professionals Up at Night in 2018

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The pharmacy department is an integral part of the hospital, and is one of the most complicated functions in terms of safety, finances, and the vast amount of regulatory requirements that must be followed. We recently spoke to a number of our top pharmacy customers about the impact of the political, economic, and regulatory changes introduced in 2017, and...

What’s Scarier than Americans’ Biggest Fears? Recent Study Suggests Medical Errors

Medical Errors
  Fear of the Unknown For many of us, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought of our smartphone breaking.  Our heart sinks and panic sets in as the phone slips from our grasp and plunges to its doom upon the hard ground below.  This is the reason Americans invest billions each year in protective covers and screens. Not because...

Quick Reference Guide to Mammography Skin Markers

The routine use of skin markers is considered best practice in breast imaging because they effectively identify points of interest and aid in communication between technologists and radiologists.  With a wide variety of skin marker types and styles, it can be challenging to decide which marker(s) will work best for your specific needs. Each marker is designed with its...

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

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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...