Specimen Collection

Increase Efficiency and Reduce Sample Identification Errors

Misidentified samples create a serious risk to patient safety, potentially resulting in misdiagnosis and/or incorrect treatment. With Zebra's mobile devices and printers, healthcare workers can print labels at the point of care and perform a three-point check: specimen order, patient wristband and labeled container. Your staff can be confident the right specimen is collected from the right patient at the right time and placed in the right container — so patients receive the right test results — and the right treatment.

Improve Patient Safety

Zebra wristband solutions give staff immediate access to critical patient information at the bedside and across all hospital departments.

Identify, Track and Manage

Handheld computers allow everyone from nurses to lab technicians to scan and print barcodes for accurate specimen collection and analysis.

Access Information Quickly

Test results are logged promptly, providing doctors with accurate data for correct decisions for timely treatment.

Specimen Collection Barcode Labeling

According to a College of American Pathologists study1, specimen labeling errors account for 55.5 percent of identification errors. Point-of-care barcode labeling is an important strategy to help prevent these types of errors. Learn how printing and applying identification labels at the point of care promotes patient safety by improving sample identification and reducing opportunities for errors to enter the process.

1Valenstein PN, Raab SS, Walsh MK. Identification errors involving clinical laboratories: a College of American Pathologists Q-Probes study of patient and specimen identification errors at 120 institutions. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2006;130:1106–1113.

Recommended components for Specimen Collection

Each solution combines industry-leading hardware and accessories, custom software from our App Development Community, and supplies designed to withstand the hospital environment.


Zebra specialty printers, mobile computers, barcode scanners, interactive kiosks and tablets, and RFID real-time locating systems create visibility to data that health systems need to simplify operations, know more about their operations, and empower their clinicians. 

MC40-HC Touch Computer
Your healthcare staff wants the latest in mobile technology, and a device that is as fun and easy to use as their own smartphone. Your healthcare organization requires an enterprise-class feature set, from data capture and security to manageability and dependably robust wireless connections. Get it all with the MC40-HC.

QLn-Series Mobile Printers
Easy to integrate and manage, easy to connect, and easy to disinfect, the QLn220-HC and QLn320-HC offer a comprehensive solution for mobile specimen collection label printing. 

CS4070-HC Scanner
Barcode scanning is crucial for positive patient ID. Now, you can put wireless enterprise-class barcode capture in the hands of every nurse and lab technician with the disinfectant-ready CS4070-HC. Small enough to be carried at all times, it can be tucked in a pocket or worn on a lanyard.

ZD-410 Desktop Printer
The smallest printer in its class, the ZD-410 is an excellent choice for specimen label printing, either in the lab or at the patient bedside. It can even double as a wristband printer. 


When you use high-quality, pre-tested, reliable Zebra Supplies you can rest assured that the supplies you rely on to provide critical data to improve your operations, don’t negatively affect your operational productivity and efficiency.

Barcode Labels and RFID Tags
Zebra's selection of label and tag materials includes more than 100 paper and synthetic label and tag materials. UL/cUL and CSA approved.


Explore our suite of software offerings to see how you can easily design, manage, integrate and develop your way to higher productivity.  We also have a full Development Services team to support your business environment.

Zebra has created the Link-OS environment: an open platform that pairs an operating system for smart Zebra devices with powerful software apps, making the devices easy to integrate, manage and maintain from any location.

Workforce Connect
Workforce Connect helps mobile workers access crucial business data and communicate more efficiently, inside and outside the health system, by creating software and systems for enterprise voice, text messaging and video communications across multiple media types on unified mobile devices.


Our services help you through each phase of your technology's lifecycle so you can plan your communications solution to fit your organization's current and future needs.

Zebra OneCare for Enterprise
If it's broken, we'll fix it. We make it fast and easy — any time, day or night. With Zebra OneCare, you choose the service level you need.  

Additional Resources

Southwest Vermont Medical Center

Hospital Dramatically Reduces Human Error and Improves Patient Outcomes

White Paper

Cleaning and Disinfecting Mobile Devices: Separating Myth from Reality

Danat Al Emarat Hospital

Tracking Visibility Solutions Enhance Efficiency and Patient Identification 


From admissions to discharge, and throughout the patient journey, patient safety starts with positive patient identification. Zebra Identity Solutions enable accurate specimen collection and management, medication administration and patient identification, helping you improve patient safety, workflow and protect patient rights.