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Patient Wristband Eliminates Mistaken Identity Hazard

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 04 Feb 2014
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Image: The LaserBand 2 Advanced latex-free direct print laser wristband (Photo courtesy of Zebra Technologies).
Image: The LaserBand 2 Advanced latex-free direct print laser wristband (Photo courtesy of Zebra Technologies).
A laser-printed identification (ID) wristband enhances patient-centered care and reduces treatment errors.

The LaserBand 2 Advanced latex-free direct print laser wristbands feature a unique shape and design that makes assembly easy and allows the wristbands to lie flat on the wrist, simplifying quick scanning, while providing superior patient comfort. Features of the wristband include a self-laminating design that protects printed text and barcodes and a tamper-evident, adhesive closure. The wristbands are available in adult, pediatric, and infant sizes and several colors, as well as a labor and delivery format, and a wristband extender is available to fit a wider range of wrist sizes.

The wristbands can be printed together with patient chart labels on one sheet using existing laser printers, streamlining patient admissions. A patented self-laminating seal protects the wristband from moisture and hand-sanitizers, preserving patient data for longer wristband usability. The wristbands are also available with hole-punches for securing them into patient charts. The LaserBand 2 Advanced wristbands are a product of Zebra Technologies (Lincolnshire, IL, USA).

“Patient-centered care and safety is every hospital’s number one priority and accurate patient identification is fundamental to achieving this,” said Pratik Kajaria, territory manager for the Middle East at Zebra Technologies Europe. “Zebra’s LaserBand healthcare wristband and barcode printing solutions can help hospitals, healthcare organizations, and laboratories … reduce or eliminate human errors and increase overall productivity, whilst meeting the standards for patient safety set by healthcare regulators and international accreditation bodies.”

Barcoded wristbands serve as an alternative to printed text for expressing patient information, lab sample management, and streamlining of facility operations. Using barcoded wristbands, nurses, doctors, medical assistants, lab technicians, and other personnel can correctly identify the patient and be sure they administer the correct treatment.

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