The key benefits are human error elimination when determining patient identity. This ensures the right patient receives the right treatment, and overall patient safety is improved. Patient wristbands can help introduce new mobile diagnostic tools for instant online communication of the results from the patient's examination, straight from their bedside, via the network, to the hospital's IT system. Thanks to the unique identification system, this data is automatically stored in patient monitoring documentation. Nurses therefore no longer need to manually record information on aspects such as blood sugar levels and then upload this same information into the relevant section of the hospital's IT system. This helps avoid and minimise incorrectly recorded results or patient identity mistakes.
Thanks to this unique identification system, a drug administration record solution has been set up at the patient's bedside. When administering drugs, the nurse moves between patients with a mobile drug cabinet. The drug administration schedule is displayed after scanning the patient's identity from the wristband on a hand-held PDA (personal digital assistant) and the actual administration is confirmed by the nurse straightaway on the PDA. This allows not only important clinical data to be collected, but also useful information concerning pharmaceutical logistics.
Consequently patients realise that VFN hospital is focused on and provides quality care. By using wristbands, this significantly reduces the risk to patient welfare. For this reason when given the opportunity to choose a healthcare institution, patients choose the one which deploys state-of-the-art procedures and technology. This is an important aspect in marketing healthcare services where the use of unique identification tools is a key influencing factor.
There is no longer any discussion nowadays about whether to deploy unique patient ID. The only discussion can be about what method or in what format it should be deployed. VPN hospital's patient ID solution based on printing a barcode on patient wristbands using Zebra's technology is economical, practical and user-friendly.