Medication errors affect approximately 5% of hospital in-patients. The mistake can involve giving the medication to the wrong patient, giving the wrong medication, in the wrong dosage, or at the wrong time.
A barcoded wristband helps to prevent these types of human errors. By scanning the wristband and the medication label, the nurse can verify and record the patient, medication, dose, and time.
Choosing the solution for barcode wristbands involves both the wristband printer and the wristbands. While a laser printer presents an option, the wristbands must be cut and assembled, and the print quality may not be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear encountered during a hospital stay. In addition, changing the paper tray for the laser printer can be cumbersome, and media is frequently wasted.
The Zebra HC100 desktop wristband printer presents a dedicated solution. The compact printer uses drop-in cartridges, with your choice of wristband sizes (infant, pediatric, adult), styles, and colors. The printer automatically calibrates to the size of the wristband, so there’s no need to adjust the settings—which means minimal waste.
With the HC100 and Zebra Z-Bands, there’s no assembly. Remove the wristband from the printer and attach it to the patient’s wrist. You can choose from adhesive or clip closure.
As a purpose-built printer for healthcare, the HC100 is encased in wipeable plastic. You can clean it with disinfectant as often as necessary. The Z-Bands are antimicrobial-coated to protect the patient. And the wristband is durable enough to last longer than the average patient stay in the hospital, so you don’t have to replace them—another savings.
Talk to us by calling WNS today at 952-249-1999 or e-mail to learn how the HC100 Patient ID Solution can increase patient safety and reduce medication errors.
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