Why Print Durability and Assembly Time are Key Factors for Speed and Continuity of Care
Patient ID bands are used on every patient to identify and assist in patient care. Various styles of wristbands exist, and identifying the right fit for your patients is a critical component for patient care and caregiver workflow.
There are a couple of key factors to consider when it comes to patient identification to drive efficiency at the point of admissions and into the longer term care of the patient.
Print Durability – Durability is one of the most critical factors to consider when it comes to patient ID. The impact of a less durable band is significant, interrupting patient care.
- The Problem: If patient information and barcodes fade, the patient ID band won’t scan. This disrupts the care process and requires the reprinting of the wristband. This leads to costly delays in patient care. The ID band itself must also be durable and resistant to hand sanitizers, liquids, and other components that a patient might encounter during his or her stay.
- The PDC Solution: PDC developed longer lasting and more durable ID wristbands to reduce errors and cut down on delays. The wristbands are made to resist print smudging and fading to ensure that the patient info and barcode remains crisp. Consider the DuraProtect™ line of laser wristbands. They’re engineered with advanced synthetic materials and intelligent design to deliver optimized performance, reliability, and ease of use.
Assembly Time – An average hospital applies close to 100,000 ID wristbands on incoming patients. In healthcare, every second counts. Wristbands that are difficult or take a long time to apply can again cause costly delays and interruptions in patient care. They can frustrate your nursing staff and give a bad first impression.
- The Problem: Manual wristbands can sometimes have multiple components making assembly and application of the wristbands more difficult and time consuming. This causes delays at patient admission, which is a time where efficiency is sometimes vital.
- The PDC Solution: PDC developed a one step wristband that can be printed and applied in half the time of previous bands, saving hundreds of hours each year for the average hospital. Quality ID bands make the admissions process more efficient and easier on the patients and caregivers. Thermal Patient ID Wristbands make for the most efficient solution, as thermal printing is typically quicker than laser.
Ready to consider a new patient identification solution? PDC can help. With more than six decades of experience, PDC is a trusted leader in identification and patient safety solutions. Over 90% of hospitals rely upon PDC products today. PDC wristbands, labels, and identification solutions help organizations improve workflow efficiency and fiscal performance, while maintaining compliance with important patient safety regulations. Contact PDC today to talk to a patient ID expert.