More than 100,000 Americans die annually in U.S. hospitals because of avoidable medical errors, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which also reports that medical errors rank as America’s eighth leading cause of death – higher than auto accidents or breast cancer. However, organizations like The Joint Commission are continuously committed to improving health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in risk-reduction activity.
"Since 1995, Zebra has been committed to the patients and healthcare facilities of the world by developing industry-leading thermal transfer technology that helps track patient and medication information, thereby reducing errors," said Árpád Halász, regional sales manager of Zebra Technologies. "Of the 125 million wristbands Zebra has sold, more than 50 percent were in the last 18 months. This increase can be directly tied to the dramatic rise in the adoption rate of bedside bar code medication administration, which requires scanning a patient’s wristband and then scanning the medication before administering it to the patient."
Patient safety begins at the wrist with bar coded wristbands that enable healthcare practitioners to verify a correct match between the patient and medical treatment provided. Zebra’s Z-Band wristbands and direct thermal transfer printers continue to evolve in order to meet new demands of the healthcare industry and to ensure the Five Patient Rights (right patient, right medication, right dose, right time, and right method). Unlike dot matrix and laser printers, Zebra thermal printers produce crisp, clear print quality on all wristband and label sizes. This guarantees that the barcodes, which store patient health information such as name, blood type, allergies, primary physician and more, scan quickly and reliably for positive patient identification at the point of care.
Many wristbands in use at hospitals today are made of materials that are easily degraded from smudging, liquids or hand sanitizer. Zebra’s unique Z-band wristbands resist alcohol, water, foams, soaps and blood, and feature a patent-pending antimicrobial coating that protects the bands from MRSA Types II, III and IV, S. aureus, P. aeruginosa and E. coli – the leading causes of hospital infections in the United States. Zebra wristbands are also MRI certified meaning they pose no adverse reaction risk during MRIs.
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides the broadest range of innovative technology solutions to identify, track, and manage the deployment of critical assets for improved business efficiency. Zebra’s products include reliable on-demand printer and state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions utilizing a wide array of automatic identification technologies. By enabling improvements in sourcing, visibility, security and accuracy, Zebra helps its customers to put the right asset in the right place at the right time. Zebra serves more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit www.zebra.com.