In our July 15th post I provided information about the best practices for creating bar code wristbands to ensure that they contain the right data needed to increase patient safety. Bar code wristbands are designed to improve patient safety regardless of age. However, maternity wards need tailored solutions to ensure that the wristbands don’t harm a newborns delicate skin. DecisionPoint’s partner Zebra Technologies recently wrote a blog post about this very issue and provided these important tips for implementing infant wristbands:
- Soft-wristbands must be soft, non-abrasive and hypoallergenic.
- Sizable-wristbands must be adjustable so they can fit infant’s wrists depending on birth weight.
- Scannable Flat Tab-a flat surface on the tab of infant wristbands ensures that there is room for both 2D and linear bar codes and can be scanned from any angle without disruption.
- Data-infant wristbands should include 1D bar codes that contain data such as birth date, sex, age and should associate the baby with the parents.
- Check Codes-wristbands that include both a visible and bar code check code should be used so nurses can easily identify a match between an infant and parent.