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Z-Band Direct Lite

Durable, lightweight patient identification wristband

Patient identification wristbands that fail to scan can impact patient safety and the ability to provide timely patient care. That’s why many hospitals are choosing Zebra thermal hospital wristbands – proven to improve patient ID accuracy and operational efficiency point-of-care services. Zebra’s supplies research and development team has worked with our coatings suppliers to develop a wristband that stands up to not only moisture, but a wide array of hand sanitizers to ensure optimum image durability and scanning performance. And with over three billion patients identified since 1998, you can rely on Zebra to ensure the optimum image durability and scanning performance that your caregivers require. Providing safe, secure, and positive patient identification in healthcare environments, the Z-Band Direct Lite is gentle on sensitive skin with a more comfortable feel, with the same durability as the Z-Band Direct. This wristband is also lighter and thinner than the Z-Band Direct, ideal for short-term hospital stays.

Z-Band Direct Lite Wristband

Direct thermal wristband

The Z-Band Direct Lite is a direct thermal material, meaning no ribbon is required for printing. It is available in roll format and compatible with the desktop ZD600 and ZD400 series printers.

Silver Antimicrobial Coating

The Z-Band Direct Lite features a silver antimicrobial coating that protects the wristband from degradation.

Lightweight, comfortable feel for sensitive skin

The Z-Band Direct Lite is designed with comfort in mind. Suitable for the identification of patients with sensitive skin, this wristband provides a lighter, more comfortable feel on patients’ wrists with resistance to weak and some moderate chemicals typically found in hospitals such as hand sanitizers.

Count on Consistently Exceptional Performance

A barcode that fails to scan jeopardizes patient safety and staff productivity. That’s why we design, produce and rigorously pre-test our own line of thermal printing supplies to ensure consistent, optimized performance. We utilize an ISO 9001 certified, 23-point quality inspection to ensure consistent quality. You get optimum image durability and scanning performance- ensuring first-scan readability even for narrow barcodes.

Provide safe, secure and positive patient identification with the Z-Band Direct Lite.

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Material Construction


FacestockDirect thermal polypropylene 114 microns ±10%
AdhesivePermanent rubber adhesive on kraft liner 61 microns ±10%
EnvironmentIndoor use; cold temperature compatible

Temperature Performance

Service Temperature Range-40° F to 140° F (-40° C to 60° C)

Recommended Printers and Ribbons

PrintersDirect thermal printer (no ribbon) Use desktop, ZD600 Series and ZD400 thermal printers with the 25mm media holder for optimal performance. Z-Band Direct Lite is only available in roll format and not compatible with HC100 or ZD510-HC cartridge printers.
Darkness/Print Speed Settings

ZPL Printers: Darkness: 22; Print Speed: 50mm/sec (2ips)
EPL Printers: Darkness: 13 Print Speed: 50mm/sec (2ips)

Durability Testing

Abrasion TestPass: Exceeds 1000x with a dry crocking cloth
WaterPass: Withstands total immersion in 40°C water for up to 6 hours
91% IPAPass: Withstands 50x rubs with soaked cotton applicator
70% IPAPass: Withstands 50x rubs with soaked cotton applicator
BetadinePass: Withstands 100x rubs with soaked cotton applicator
PurellPass: Withstands 50x rubs with soaked cotton applicator
Tensile strengthPass: Withstands up to 45 pounds of force

Product Performance and Suitability

Recommended storage conditions

1 year duration when stored at 72° F (22° C) at 50% RH

Expected life span in applicationIndoor use, short term only; Please test in application

Chemical Resistance

Weak Chemicals 
Body FluidRecommended
Salt WaterRecommended
Window CleanerRecommended
Moderate Chemicals 
AmmoniaTest in your application
BleachTest in your application
Harsh Chemicals 
GasolineNot Recommended
GreaseNot Recommended
Extreme Chemicals 
AcetoneNot Recommended
IR ReflowNot Recommended
MEKNot Recommended
TCENot Recommended
XyleneNot Recommended

Regulatory and Compliance

Tested to FDA 21CFR, Part 58, referencing: ISO 10993-10, 2002, Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices—Part 10: Tests for Irritation and Delayed-Type Hypersensitivity; ISO 10993-12, 2002, Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices—Part 12: Sample Preparation and Reference Materials; ISO/IEC 17025, 2005, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories BPA and latex free MR-Safe: poses no known hazards in all MRI environments

Markets and Applications


  • Safe, secure, positive patient ID for hospitals
  • Identification of patients with delicate skin

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