General Data Introduces Personal ID™ FoamWrap Wristbands

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Personal ID FoamWrap wristbands feature unique foam wristband and direct thermal label; provide safe and durable patient identification solution for infants and the elderly.

General Data Company, a leading provider of specialized labeling and identification products and solutions, today introduced the Personal ID™ FoamWrap wristband. This new patient identification wristband, designed for infants, elderly and patients with sensitive skin, is comprised of a unique hypoallergenic and latex-free foam wristband and direct thermal label combination. The Personal ID™ FoamWrap wristband allows hospitals to utilize high-resolution text, bar codes and patient photos for positive identification of patients with frail, delicate or sensitive skin.

Personal ID FoamWrap patient identification wristbands can help extend a healthcare provider’s barcode-based patient identification capabilities by providing patient-friendly solutions for neonatal, infant, pediatric and elderly patients. Patient information, including text, barcodes and patient photos, is printed on the high-resolution direct thermal pressure-sensitive label. The foam wristband is then placed around the patient’s wrist or ankle, and the label is attached to the wristband. Personal ID FoamWrap wristbands are intended for short-term or outpatient use.

“Our FoamWrap wristbands are ideal replacements for ordinary patient identification wristbands that can irritate or damage a patient’s skin, particularly newborns, infants, elderly, or pediatrics,” said Peter Wenzel, president of General Data. “We work with several hospitals that have been searching for an effective patient ID solution for infants, children and elderly patients that would not damage or irritate their frail or sensitive skin. The FoamWrap wristband is a direct result of feedback from these hospitals. These new wristbands ensure that hospitals can use the latest barcode patient identification technology for these ‘special needs’ patients without sacrificing quality, convenience or comfort. The Personal ID FoamWrap wristbands are easy to apply for healthcare workers and safe for all patients.”

Personal ID FoamWrap wristbands are available in two versions; a “hook-and-loop” closure and an adhesive closure. The “hook-and-loop” closure is attached to the wristband, and is primarily used for infants and neonatal patients. This wristband can be removed and re-attached during medication administration or bathing without damaging the wristband. The adhesive version, ideal for small children and elderly patients, uses a unique wraparound pressure-sensitive label that adheres to the outside of the foam wristband and then to itself for secure closure.

“Barcode-based patient identification systems using Personal ID wristbands have been proven to dramatically improve patient safety and reduce errors in medication administration, transfusions, specimen collection, point-of-care testing and patient charging,” added Wenzel. “We have been able to quickly respond to the needs of our customers with a growing line of Personal ID solutions. Our wristbands have been rigorously tested in multiple healthcare environments, and they continue to be the most durable and effective bands on the market.”

For more information on Personal ID patient identification wristbands, visit or call 800-733-5252 ext. 2700.

About General Data

General Data is a leading provider of specialized labeling and identification products and solutions. The company’s patent-pending healthcare and laboratory identification technologies are designed to improve patient safety and care, reduce medical errors, facilitate patient administration and provide consumers with peace of mind and confidence in their health care providers. General Data is recognized as the premiere provider of integrated bar code identification and data collection products and solutions that enable businesses in a variety of industries to become more efficient and make better decisions. Founded in 1981, General Data is a privately held company with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. More information on General Data products and solutions can be found at

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