Positive patient identification is the foundation of patient safety. Build your foundation on long-lasting wristbands that stay on the patient and remain readable after extensive use and extended treatments.

If your facility has implemented barcode-enabled patient wristbands, you’ve already moved in the direction of improving patient safety. But a wristband with a barcode is only one component; the process your staff uses to apply those bands and to verify patient information are equally, if not more, critical to ensuring the safety of your patients.

In an effort to reduce costly medical errors and increase patient safety, more and more hospitals and health systems have begun to initiate positive patient identification (PPI) strategies, which include Barcode-Enabled Point-of-Care technology (BPOC). BPOC systems, when augmented with sophisticated computer logic, can protect patients from prescription, transcription and dispensing errors. This technology allows for real-time confirmation of patient identification, medication, dose, time and route of administration.

To ensure positive patient identification, successful barcode implementation integrates the responsibilities of healthcare professionals in Admissions, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Blood Bank, Emergency and other patient care departments. Healthcare personnel in Patient Safety, Quality Control, Risk Management, and Information Technology are also involved in the development and implementation of BPOC systems.

Through the entire patient point-of-care process, the ultimate goal is to provide quality healthcare to each patient and to ensure the accurate administration of the five rights: Right Patient, Right Drug, Right Dose, Right Time and Right Route of Administration.

Selecting the right patient identification products and implementing policies and procedures that foster accurate patient identification will result in:

  • Fewer medical errors, translating into reduced malpractice and liability costs.
  • Increased patient safety and quality of care translating into reduced length of stay.
  • Proper recording of all patient charges, leading to improved billing accuracy and increased revenue collection.
  • Proper labeling of blood and lab specimens resulting in fewer costly redraws/resample’s and the decreasing costs associated with mistaken or delayed diagnosis.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) calls for a “tamperproof, non-transferable identification band…that minimizes the possibility that identifying data can be lost or transferred from one patient to another.”

iTech Automation is available to assist in selecting a solution that offers you optimal security with a positive tamper-evident closure in a wristband, along with optimal scannability and freedom from smearing, moisture or other vulnerabilities in a label.

We have committed to an approach that offers a total solution option to healthcare providers that is customized to meet institution-specific needs in hardware: (printers and scanners), media (wristbands and labels), as well as connectivity-based software (middleware or firmware) when deemed necessary by certain HIS/LIS (Hospital Information System/Laboratory Information System) protocols.

The portfolio of barcode solution options includes:

  • Thermal printing wristbands
  • Laser printing wristbands and labels
  • Thermal barcode printers
  • Mobile computers and scanners
  • Software
  • Installation and service

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