Adhesives and Protective Coatings
The label provides the critical link between the physical specimen and all of the information in software systems associated with it. The range of label sizes and materials available for thermal printers helps automated sample management systems run accurately, efficiently and cost effectively. Thermal printers can quickly and easily be loaded with a variety of media, making it convenient to carefully match specific labels with items to be identified like test tubes, slides, etc., and their environments.
Labeling media and printers work together as a system. Thermal printers are compatible with a wide range of paper and synthetic label material that can stand up to the rigors of laboratory testing and storage processes. This includes exposure to extreme temperatures and chemical immersions, as well as testing in autoclaves, centrifuges and other laboratory equipment. The durable coatings found on most labels help ensure that bar codes remain sharp and readable throughout the life of the sample.
For top quality and durability, always match label supplies with testing and storage needs, and the specific make and model of the printers used. Adhesives and protective coatings that work perfectly well for labeling one type of container or test may not be ideal for other applications. For example, pathology labs require the ability to store specimens for up to 20 years. In areas such as blood banking and cellular therapies, products are often cryopreserved, and then stored for an extended period before eventual transplantation into a patient. In addition, blood labels must be compliant with the ISBT 128 standard.
Conclusion: Patient Labeling
Patient safety is goal number one. What’s more, patients want assurance that they are receiving the right care, in the right way, based on the right information. The laboratory is an important line of defense against patient safety errors because of the role it can play in preventing adverse events related to sample misidentification. By establishing processes to accurately label and identify samples, laboratory staff can significantly reduce the incidence of misidentified, lost, or unusable samples, and the related negative consequences, including re-draws, misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
Bar code labeling and sample tracking is a proven method for reducing sample identification and data entry errors while meeting regulatory mandates. Reliability is essential to successful sample labeling and improved patient safety. Bar codes must be of the highest quality, readable and durable, and label material must be engineered to withstand challenging test and storage conditions, allowing facilities to keep costs under control.
Bar code printing solutions from Zebra can help healthcare organizations and laboratories reduce errors and increase productivity. Now is the time to provide your patients, applications and assets a virtual voice so you can work with the patient and continue to provide safe treatments and a caring atmosphere.
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