Zebra to unveil patient ID printing solution
Dubai, January 15, 2014
Zebra Technologies, a leader in marking and printing technologies, will launch a new patient ID integrated printing solution for the region’s healthcare sector.
The solution, to be unveiled at the Arab Health 2014 in Dubai, will include a new range of mobile printers for the healthcare sector and Laserband barcoded wristband technology.
It is aimed at helping hospitals deliver accurate patient ID and labelling for patient care and safety, said a statement.
According to a leading healthcare accreditation body, ‘wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient surgery is an alarmingly common occurrence in health care organizations.’
In addition, the Institute of Medicines reported that preventable medical errors caused up to 98,000 deaths and 770,000 adverse events in the US each year.
Eliminating hospital errors in patient identification, treatment administering, medication dispensing, and blood and specimen labelling, is a fundamental requirement to ensure the safety of patients and enhance hospital efficiency, said a statement.
Identification technologies such as barcoded wristbands and RFID radio frequency technology provide the patient with a ‘virtual voice’ and can link to systems such as electronic health records for fast access to accurate patient information, it said.
Patient wristbands can help identify patients but many studies have shown that between two and six per cent of patients are not properly identified by their wristbands.
A study of wristband problems by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) found that 6.8 per cent contained inaccurate data and 7.7 per cent had illegible data.
A barcode is simply an alternative to text for expressing information. Anything that can normally be printed on a wristband can be encoded in a barcode and it frequently serves as a key to a database.
When the barcode is read, the scanner decodes the symbol and instructs a computer to look up or update the specific record that corresponds to that patient.
Pratik Kajaria, territory manager Middle East, said: “Patient safety is the number one priority for all hospitals, which are also looking to increase efficiency. The healthcare sector is one of our key business sectors in the GCC, where we support specimen tracking, patient identification, and asset tracking, and we are delighted to bring our new healthcare solutions to the region.”
“Zebra’s integrated printing and wristband solutions in track and trace technology help increase patient safety and reduce errors from admission to laboratory, operating theatre, pharmacy and beyond by giving the patient a ‘virtual voice’.” - TradeArabia News Service