PDC expands DuraSoft Laser Patient ID System

Published: 3-Jul-2013

Barcode laser ID system provides positive identification for patients of all age demographics

PDC Healthcare has announced the extension of its DuraSoft Laser Patient ID System to encompass the entire patient population including infants, pediatrics, and adults.

Through barcode technology, the DuraSoft Laser Patient ID System benefits both patients and caregivers by preventing misidentification caused by human error while also improving workflow efficiencies.

DuraSoft is now offered in 10 different formats to serve as an easy drop-in replacement of an existing laser patient ID system, eliminating the need for IT involvement or re-formatting. One of the new formats, DuraSoft TenderCare, helps ensure every infant is positively identified with their parents. The four-part set includes one wristband for mum, one for dad, and two for baby’s wrist and ankle. DuraSoft TenderCare is ideal for labour and delivery departments using laser printers for print-on-demand automated patient identification, helping to improve patient safety by reducing manual errors. Another new format includes infant-sized, paediatric-sized, and adult-sized wristbands on a single sheet, saving caregivers time and resources, as the age and size appropriate wristband can be selected on the spot and there is no need to dedicate two separate printers in the paediatrics unit or children’s hospital.

“With the release of our new mother/father/baby and infant/paediatric/adult products, hospitals now have a better alternative that’s softer and easier to use,” said D’Albert Benoit, patient safety and ID marketing manager for PDC Healthcare.

“DuraSoft not only provides time-saving convenience for caregivers, but also features an antimicrobial additive that protects the wristband surface against tested non-pathogenic bacteria.”

DuraSoft is lightweight, ultra soft, and requires no assembly prior to application, unlike typical laser patient ID wristbands that contain a stiff laminate overlay that must be carefully folded and applied to the wristband. DuraSoft’s patented, innovative design is moisture-resistant and protects important patient information from fading or smearing from water, alcohol, or hand sanitiser. Its antimicrobial additive prevents wristband degradation and discoloration, which can impact the legibility of patient information and the accuracy of bar code scanning, potentially leading to critical misidentification errors.

The DuraSoft product line is the only laser wristband series on the market compatible with PDC Healthcare’s Ident-Alert Color Coded Snaps that feature nationally standardised alert colours and large text to aid caregivers in easily identifying at-risk patients.

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