PDC Introduces DuraPrint® Laser Printable Patient ID System
Patented one-sheet design features no laminate overlay for best printing quality and convenience
San Fernando, CA (January 27, 2009) – Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC), the global leader in patient identification, today announced the launch of DuraPrint®, a new laser printable patient ID system that offers one-step on-demand printing of wristbands and labels. With a wide array of features focused on positive patient safety and convenience, DuraPrint® is the latest addition to PDC’s full line of bar code identification solutions since the company acquired TimeMed Labeling Systems, Inc. last November.
Unlike other laser printable systems, DuraPrint’s® patented one-piece sheet design contains no laminate overlay. The feature doesn’t compromise the security of patient information as DuraPrint® is constructed of a robust material that resists water, moisture, alcohol, and hand sanitizer, while withstanding wristband seepage or puckering. DuraPrint® also helps ensure a clear and accurate scan of the bar code, which is vital to the positive identification of patients, and the medications and specimens that are linked to them. A dual closure position on the wristband allows hospitals to choose an adhesive or snap closure.
Scott Hirst, director of marketing at PDC, said DuraPrint® is engineered to overcome challenges of traditional laser sheets related to bar code scanability, printer feedability, and comfort. “DuraPrint® represents a more patient-friendly and user-friendly solution that complements PDC’s popular thermal bar code identification products. Most importantly, it helps hospitals meet important patient safety goals set forth by The Joint Commission to support performance improvement in health care organizations,” said Hirst.
While DuraPrint® is rigorously tested for strength and durability, it’s soft and pliable for maximum patient comfort—a feature that was favored by hospitals that piloted the product. Among these was Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, which was particularly impressed with the increased print quality and versatility of DuraPrint® compared to the former laser sheeted product it was using.
Melba Darden, Manager of Clinical Nursing at Sacred Heart, said that the hospital encountered smearing and smudging problems when printing with the former product, while DuraPrint® “consistently yielded high quality output with better toner adhesion for accurate bar code scanning. It has proven to be a valuable and versatile solution at our facility,” she said. The hospital also preferred the smooth edges of the DuraPrint® wristband, which Darden said are much softer on patients’ skin. Sacred Heart Hospital plans to extend DuraPrint® applications to other areas of the facility, including specimen collection, blood draws, and breast milk draws.
“PDC’s long-held practice of listening to the requirements and concerns of our customers has contributed to the outstanding design and features of DuraPrint®,” added Hirst.
For more information about DuraPrint® Laser Printable Patient ID System and PDC’s complete family of bar code wristband and label solutions, contact PDC’s Customer Care Department at 800-772-1122 or 818-897-1111 from 6:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST or visit: www.pdcorp.com/healthcare.
Each of DuraPrint’s® 8 ½” x 11” sheets has a patient wristband that is 10 ½ inches long with an area to include information of 3 ½ x 1 - 1/8 and accepts linear and 2D bar codes. It provides 20 chart labels that are 2 ¼ by 1” each, one bar code tag and 4 color alert indicators that can be applied directly onto the patient wristband for special ID codes of patients. DuraPrint® comes with standard healthcare file holes and locations (2-punch, 3-punch) for use in all charts and binders.
About PDC ... Your Partner in Patient Safety™
With over 50 years of expertise, Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) is the global leader in patient safety through identification systems and other healthcare products. PDC’s acquisition of TimeMed Labeling Systems, Inc. now offers hospitals the widest combination of wristband and labeling systems that enhance all critical department functions, including Admissions, Medication Administration, Transfusion, Laboratory, Pharmacy, IT, Surgical Procedures, etc.
PDC and TimeMed have more than 100 years of combined experience in developing innovative and reliable products that meet important patient safety guidelines of the Joint Commission, FDA, AHA, and HIPAA. As the developer of the first single-piece patient wristband, the first bar code wristband system, and the first Smart Band® RFID wristband system, PDC-TimeMed systems are an integral cornerstone to the most successful patient safety initiatives. For more information, visit www.pdcorp.com/healthcare and www.timemed.com.
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