PDC’s PermaPrint® Technology Outperforms Standard Direct Thermal Wristbands and Tags
San Fernando, CA (October 26, 2010) – Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC), the global leader in healthcare identification solutions, announced today that all of its direct thermal bar code ID products now feature its patented PermaPrint surface technology. Unlike traditional direct thermal patient wristbands and tags, PDC PermaPrint products provide optimized thermal heat transfer, which results in higher quality images when printing. It also provides stronger resistance to solvents and harsh storage environments, which can corrupt patient data.
“In talking to hospital staff, a common challenge with thermal printing is the consistency of the imprint,” said Kim Canchola, Product Manager for PDC. “Traditional thermal ID products have a layer of varnish that absorbs heat and disperses it unevenly along the wristband. With PDC’s PermaPrint wristbands and tags, heat is transferred evenly and consistently along the surface, resulting in higher quality images and more accurate readings versus standard thermal ID products.” Also, unlike traditional thermal ID products, PDC’s PermaPrint surface can be imprinted within a wide range of print head temperatures without compromising the quality of the imprint. This helps meet the needs of hospitals that use a variety of printers.
The PermaPrint surface is also designed to resist moisture and chemicals, which can blemish the surface of traditional direct thermal ID products, leading to potential patient misidentification. During laboratory testing at PDC, hand sanitizer was rubbed on the surface of the PDC Scanband® wristband and two competitor direct thermal wristbands. “While the competitor wristbands immediately became blemished, discoloring the wristband data, the PDC Scanband was unaffected,” said Canchola. The PermaPrint surface withstands hand sanitizer, as well as other chemicals including betadine iodine, isopropyl alcohol, hand lotion, and sunscreen.
“Having a wristband that stands up to moisture and chemicals during the full duration of the patient’s hospital stay protects patients and hospitals by preventing critical misidentification errors,” said Canchola.
In addition to solvents, product transport and storage conditions can also affect the quality and legibility of direct thermal products, which can be vulnerable to higher exposure to heat, direct sunlight, and humidity. Based in side-by-side product testing in more extreme heat and humidity conditions, standard direct thermal products became discolored, corrupting the data on the wristbands and tags, while PDC’s PermaPrint products showed no signs of discoloring or blemishing.
The PDC PermaPrint surface can also increase the lifespan of the printer’s print head. Traditional thermal ID products can transfer varnish to the print head, which can cause damage and lead to costly replacement. Print head longevity is also enhanced because PermaPrint requires less heat to print an image.
Printer speed can also impact the performance of direct thermal wristbands and tags, which have higher sensitivity compared to PDC PermaPrint products. This can affect the quality of the imprint when printing at high speeds. Because PermaPrint has a lower sensitivity, its imprint quality is unaffected by printer speed.
PDC PermaPrint Direct Thermal ID products meet current Joint Commission, AHA, and HIPAA requirements.
For more information, please visit: www.pdcorp.com/healthcare or contact PDC Customer Care at 800-772-1122.
About Precision Dynamics Corporation:
The Leading Provider of Positive ID and Positive Outcomes™
With more than 50 years of experience, Precision Dynamics provides accurate, reliable, and easy-to-use healthcare ID solutions that empower the flawless delivery of care and enhance outcomes across all major hospital functions. Our products are used in all of the leading hospitals worldwide and comprise a comprehensive range of wristband and labeling systems that provide positive ID and positive clinical outcomes.
Precision Dynamics products meet important guidelines of The Joint Commission, World Healthcare Organization, 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, Precision Dynamics solutions are an integral part of some of the most successful patient safety initiatives. As an ISO 9001 certified company, Precision Dynamics follows a systematic, world-standard approach to ensure superior product design, manufacturing, and customer support services.Information included in the press releases is accurate as of the date of the release and can be subject to change.