Holbaek Hospital, Denmark, uses Zebra’s HC100 wristband printers

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Holbeck hospital, and especially the A and E department has been involved in this
patient wristband project. This is a project whose aim has been to
integrate, so to speak, the clinical systems with patient
identification. The Aim of the project has been to test the
barcodes on patient wristbands and to try to find out how we could deal with
identifying patients via patient wristbands in a more reliable way then
we do now. A typical procedure usually involves someone calling and telling us that the patient is coming. It may be the patient’s own doctor, the
emergency services, or others. Which already generates a message that the medical secretary takes and uses to register the patient and the patient
wristband is simply produced from this. When we have patients
admitted via a doctor or nurse we then get this little slip. If we type
the patient’s Social Security number into the system, we can see whether they
have a record at this hospital, which we order if there is one. We print out their wristband there and then so it is ready when the patient arrives in the department. First of all, we obviously use the wristband to ensure that we also have the right patient. We usually have the wristband in our
hand and ask the patient whether they are the person stated on the wrist band. This is confirmed by the patient, a
relative, the emergency services, or someone else. After this, the wristband is usually used anytime we have contact with a patient. The wristband is attached securely
around the patient’s wrist, with all the patients details including their
treatment usually when in a bed. It was also important to devise a
solution so that these patient wristbands could be printed out in a
more convenient way that is used now. In In fact, we used to produce just labels
which we take and stick to a wristband and put in a little gadget and attach it
around the wrist and suchlike. Now it’s very simple, they just wear the
wristband. You almost have it in your hand when the
patient is rolled in so that you can identify them immediately and put the
right wrist band on them. This can save the staff time because it
takes treating doctors and nursing staff a great deal of time to log in and out
of the various clinical systems. Our medical secretaries do this too and the barcode can definitely be used to access the clinical system directly. Which also simply saves time. When we have an x-ray done later on, and the lab or lab technician enters any details, this will mean that when a wristband is scanned it also provides confirmation that an action has been carried out. This also means that it will appear as an action on an overview board. This may even be a huge benefit for us
because it is difficult to get an overview like this. When has a test been
carried out and when not? If the patient is input in the system we put them on our Ematis screen. You then just press a button and the bands are printed off. It’s very easy and simple it’s really
good to have them there and then so that you don’t need to be there doing it when
the patient arrives. And you can go down to the ward straight away with the patient. So when patients are admitted they can
feel at ease and well looked after. It’s really clever them that you have
everything ready there and then with the nurse ready to receive them. We’re already ahead of the game when the patient arrives. “There you go. Here is your wristband.” They put it on
immediately.

 

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