30. September 2022

Machine-readable wristbands for secure identification

Up to now, more than 400 clinics in German-speaking countries have already successfully introduced Mediaform’s Amilla® patient wristbands. The Barmherzige Brüder hospital in Regensburg also opted for this market-leading secure identification system, and introduced it on the neonatal ward. The intelligent solution consists of a reliable, user-friendly printing system, a high-performance radio scanner and matching wristbands.

Wristbands - high wearing comfort, easy identification

In St. Hedwig’s hospital, expectant mothers are already given an identification wristband when they are admitted as inpatients. The baby is “identified” immediately after it is born. If relatives come to visit, they are not admitted until after the nurse at the ward nurses’ station has scanned the 2-D code on the baby’s wristband, verified all the data, excluded the possibility of mix-ups, and issued a distinctive red wristband.

The wristbands are lightweight, soft and therefore comfortable to wear, and due to their safety adhesive closure and variable size adjustment they can be easily put onto the wrists of both adults and children. Moreover, the special solution for newborns consists of two bands for the wrist and ankle.

All materials in the Amilla range have been tested according to medicinal products criteria, and comply with ISO 10993-5:1999 guidelines. The band and printing resist moisture, creams, soaps and the usual disinfectants – and are also completely harmless with regard to allergies and toxicology.

Hardware: A smart, all-in-one system optimises the clinical process

To print the wristbands, the Regensburg facility uses an Amilla 300T plug-and-play thermal transfer printer, which has been tried and tested many times, and is designed for use in a medical environment. This versatile all-rounder impresses with its fast printing speed, robust design, small space requirement and easy material changes. A high print resolution of 300 dpi allows pin-sharp 1-D and 2-D barcodes, images, fonts and logos to be created. These remain permanently legible due to the thermal transfer printing.

Combined with a Honeywell Orbit 7190g presentation scanner, the T300 forms a highly efficient duo, because the mobile duplication system enables patient wristbands to be duplicated quickly without any HIS (hospital information system) connection at all, if certain clinical processes require the wristband to be removed. To do this, the existing DataMatrix or QR code on the patient's wristband or in the patient's file is scanned, and a wristband with identical content is printed immediately. At the same time, the ergonomic scanner offers a 1-D laser imager to read out case data, and a 2-D area imager for encrypted patient data. Scan function selection is automatic. A serial interface ensures fast data transfer.

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