Siemens Healthineers need high-end components in their medical devices and value the assurance they get from using Zebra’s premium OEM components. The two companies also work together on product development. So, when a new blood gas analyzer was in extreme demand during the height of the pandemic, Siemens Healthineers called Zebra to see if it could help. It needed reliable 1D/2D barcode scanning capabilities to ensure this critical medical device would be available to patients around the world.
Benefits / Outcomes
The combination of the software written by the Siemens Healthineers team and the Zebra scanner can record up to 10 fields in less than a second, including the patient’s name, age, sex, their physician, sample time and date, and location. Furthermore, the entire blood gas analysis system is intuitive and delivers results in 60 seconds. Clinicians print a barcode label containing patient ID and apply this to the syringe. Before using the analyser they scan their Operator ID (the system checks they are qualified to use the machine) and the barcode on the syringe too. With the scans complete and the syringe inserted into the sample port, the Operator hits the start button on the touchscreen. The test commences with assays available across a range of key markers including blood gas, electrolytes, metabolites and CO-oximetry. Results are available in 60 seconds, the patient’s records can be electronically updated and, in the case of diseases like COVID-19, rapid decisions can be made about ventilator settings and diagnoses.