PDC – St. John Introduces New Conf-ID-ent™ Bar Code Blood Card System for Blood Transfusion Identification
Bar Coding Streamlines the Blood Transfusion Process with One-Person Verification and Improves Patient Safety by Helping Prevent Human Errors
San Fernando, CA - (April 19, 2012) Precision Dynamics – St. John, the global leader in healthcare identification solutions, announced today the release of its new Conf-ID-ent™ Bar Code Blood Card System, a blood recipient ID wristband system that provides automated patient identification for blood transfusion, specimen collection, and tracking. Using bar coding technology, the Conf-ID-ent™ blood identification system meets the revised Elements of Performance (EP) as outlined in The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal for blood transfusions, NPSG.01.03.01, for a one-person verification process (versus two-person verification). The revised EP was released in September 2010 after The Joint Commission consulted healthcare and safety experts and literature to determine that automated identification technology contributes to patient safety.
The Conf-ID-ent™ Bar Code Blood Card is pre-printed with alpha-numeric serialization and bar codes to accurately match the right patient to the right blood. This improves patient safety by helping prevent identification related human errors that can occur during the blood transfusion process. It includes a form with one matching insert card for a blood band wristband, plus 18 matching bar code labels that can be used to identify draw tubes, patient chart, transfusion requisition, and as a secondary label on blood bags.
The Conf-ID-ent™ Bar Code Blood Card is sold in units of 250 cards or as a system with an option for inpatient or outpatient blood bands. Both the inpatient and outpatient blood bands provide a soft, latex-free, Phthalate-free material that maximizes patient comfort and safety yet is also durable and strong to last throughout the patient’s stay. The outpatient style blood band features an insert pocket that is water-resistant to protect patient data for multiple days.
“Making the move to bar coding for transfusion patient identification has a tremendous impact on staff efficiency and the prevention of errors,” said Karen Joseph, marketing manager for Precision Dynamics-St. John. “For starters, hospitals using bar coding only need one-person verification instead of using valuable caregiver time to wait for another nurse to perform the two-person verification process required for the non-automated identification method. Plus, bar coding reduces paperwork and helps prevent human errors associated with handwritten information.”
The Conf-ID-ent™ Bar Code Blood System meets important patient safety regulatory guidelines, including The Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Guidelines, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for protection of patient privacy, and AHA (American Hospital Association) to reduce the risk of lost or transferred data. For more information, please visit: www.patientidexpert.com/bloodcardsystem.html or contact Customer Service at 800-435-4242.
About Precision Dynamics Corporation – St. John
With more than 50 years of experience, Precision Dynamics Corporation - St. John is the global leader and pacesetter in the development of wristband, label, medical records and imaging systems. The company specializes in serving the healthcare, leisure and entertainment, and law enforcement industries. The company introduced the first single-piece patient wristband, first bar code wristband system, first Smart Band® RFID wristband system, first thermal printer wristband, and the award winning PDC Smart® Kiosk.
Precision Dynamics Corporation - St. John products are used in leading hospitals worldwide and comprise a comprehensive range of solutions that provide positive ID and positive clinical outcomes, while meeting important guidelines of The Joint Commission, World Healthcare Organization, FDA, AHA, and HIPAA. Complying with ISO 9001 standards, Precision Dynamics Corporation – St. John follows a sy