Types of Healthcare Labels
Labels play an extremely important role in medical facilities. A wide variety of label types can help to organize workflow and improve efficiency; secure and track patient documents, medication and specimens; comply with regulatory requirements; and reduce errors to enhance patient safety. In addition to a wide variety of general use labels, healthcare labels include:
Patient Identification Labels
Ensuring patient safety starts at the point of admission. Patient identification labels/wristbands include vital information to identify patients and highlight critical medical information. Labels can include color coding to identify medical conditions or allergies. And barcoding can help track patient care and treatment.
Patient charts contain a vast amount of important information related to patient care including medical history, care instructions, test results, allergies and medications and conditions. Labels offer a convenient, easy-to-read way to convey this vital information.
Barcoded medication labels can help ensure that the right medication is administered – to the right patient, at the right dose, at the right time. Studies have consistently shown that when used correctly, barcode medication administration (BCMA) can significantly preventable adverse drug events.
Laboratories play a critical role in diagnostics and patient care. Speed and accuracy are vital in determining the best patient treatment options. Positive patient identification is a crucial first step in streamlining the lab testing process, and labels play a key role in this.
Blood Bag Labels
Blood bag labels need to contain important information that identifies the blood and provides data that could impact the integrity of the blood product. This includes blood type, the date on which the blood was collected and expiration date. These labels will also usually contain tracking information.
Infection Control Labels
These labels help to clearly and effectively communicate potential contaminants or hazardous materials. The important labels are generally brightly colored, easy-to-read and can be quickly deciphered to identify potential hazards.