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 drastically impacts your lab’s operational performance.   According to a study published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, specimen labeling errors account for 55.5% of identification errors in the lab.1 Specimen labeling errors continue to threaten...

How to Prevent Hidden Spending From Sinking Your Budget

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When hospitals purchase healthcare identification products and supplies like patient wristbands and labels, many departments act independently, and may never know that they are all purchasing similar products from multiple vendors, increasing hidden spending.  This decentralized and inefficient process leads to increased costs, due to multiple vendors, additional freight charges, and an unnecessary amount of purchase orders.   Since many...

Infusion Errors, Instrument Cleaning Lead ECRI List of Top Tech Hazards

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Improving patient safety is a top priority among healthcare facilities.  The ECRI Institute recently published its annual list of top 10 health technology hazards for the industry, and the publication, Briefings on Accreditation and Safety (BOAQ), talked to experts who offered useful steps that can be taken to prevent each hazard.  Many infusion errors can be prevented...

Four Simple Ways to De-Identify Medication Containers

De-Identifying Medication Containers
Many challenges present themselves in pharmacies daily, and we’d like to offer some helpful tips to tackle the important challenge of de-identifying medication containers.   Many different types of medication containers are prepared by and returned to your pharmacy every day, ranging from IV bags, to vials and prescription bottles.  Since medication containers vary extensively in size and shape, you...

Robust Temperature Monitoring is Essential

Clinical laboratorians are well aware of the essential nature of temperature-controlled environments to modern medical diagnostics. Driven by the need to ensure the integrity of testing systems and reagents, and to protect inherently valuable patient samples and products, the means by which the lab maintains and monitors temperatures throughout the work environment is dictated by the greater institution, as...

PDC Hosts 7th Annual Brady Walk for Community to Raise Money for Local Charities

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PDC joined the other Brady Corporation locations around the U.S. for the Annual Brady Walk for Community event to benefit local charities. On May 25, 2017, PDC's employees in Valencia, California and Port Orange, Florida laced up their sneakers and walked laps for a total $10,000 donated by Brady Corporation to The Michael Hoefflin Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and...

Do You Know Who is Roaming Your Halls?

Public arenas everywhere have cracked down on security, so why is healthcare so far behind this prominent trend? As a public institution, hospitals usher in dozens or hundreds of visitors every day, which include people from every walk of life who may be in distress as they cope with a loved one’s medical emergency.  According to the International Association...

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 Nurses Association is speaking out against the increasing workplace violence they face on a daily basis, by pushing for a state bill targeted at reducing workplace violence.  A couple of states have either passed, or...

Joint Commission: 3 Tips on Preventing Workplace Violence

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, and Executive Vice President of The Joint Commission, shares three practical methods for preventing workplace violence in hospitals and healthcare facilities.  As safety concerns for nurses and healthcare clinicians continue to rise, it is important to be armed with as many resources as possible, so effective policies can be put into...

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

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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.