Special ID Wristbands and Barcode Printers
positive patient identification enhances safety
Special ID Wristbands and Barcode Printers. With almost 2000 beds, more than 8000 staff members and about 65 000 admissions per year, UZ Leuven is the largest university hospital group in Belgium. To further enhance its medical safety standards, the hospital selected the Sato patient wristbands and barcode printers. UZ Leuven's main campus (Gasthuisberg), as well as three others (campus Sint Pieter, campus Pellenberg and campus Sint Andr?), have been using this solution since the 1st of July 2005 and the general experience and patient feedback have been very positive."Adopting this unique system of wristband identification is one of the key corner stones for the further development of projects targeting patient safety, quality systems (tracking) and efficiency enhancement at UZ Leuven," states Mr Rudy Poedts, Head of Medical Administration at the UZ Leuven hospital group. A total system of 17 compact CT400 thermal transfer printers were installed. The printers have an antimicrobial coating and were specifically designed for applications in medical environments. UZ Leuven's own IT Department implemented the integration with the existing patient registration system. The printers are situated at the registration desks for patient admissions and at the maternity ward. Upon a patient's admission, the registration staff uses the CT400 printer to generate a personalised wristband containing basic patient information and the patient's unique verifier number - stored with human readable text, as well as barcode.One of the hospital's main concerns when choosing the right kind of solution was quality in terms of patient comfort. UZ Leuven decided to use the 'soft'version wristbands for adults and infants. In addition to their softness, formulated especially for sensitive skin and infants, the wristbands offer flexibility and user-friendliness and remain legible even after extended exposure to water, abrasion, cleaners and everyday wear.
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