LaserBand Enhances Positive Patient Identification Process for Adventist Health System

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LaserBand, LLC, the worldwide leader in positive patient identification wristbands for the health care industry, recently partnered with Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, to help implement its Medication Positive Patient Identification initiative in 29 AHS facilities.

LaserBand, LLC, the worldwide leader in positive patient identification wristbands for the health care industry, recently partnered with Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, to help implement its Medication Positive Patient Identification initiative in 29 AHS facilities.

With Medication Positive Patient Identification, nurses use mobile or fixed computers in patient rooms with attached bar code scanners to scan the bar codes on patients' wristbands, as well as bar codes on individual medication doses ordered by physicians. Once a nurse has successfully logged into a patient's electronic medical record, and before the medication is administered, the bar code on the patient's wristband tells the nurse who the patient is and it accesses the patient's electronic medical records to determine if there is an order for that medication. If the medication ordered on a scanned patient is not a perfect match, the clinician is notified immediately.

Utilizing bar code scanning technology represents a major force in reducing patient medication errors. “LaserBand was able to provide Adventist Health System facilities with the most durable wristbands in the industry that will withstand showers, hand washing and other fluid contact without compromising the integrity of the bar code,” said Dave Freshwater, Director of Contract Sales for LaserBand. To help make this happen, Adventist Health System developed an aggressive implementation schedule that included LaserBand’s on-site training and education..

“Medication Positive Patient Identification is one of many systems we've adopted to strengthen the quality of our patient care. It serves as a second line of protection to significantly improve accuracy in the delivery of medication,” said Jackie Willis, Chief Clinical Information Officer for AHS Information Services, the IT division of Adventist Health System.
This interactive, mobile and immediate method of verifying medication and dosage is an improvement over the traditional process. Historically, the medication administration process would include checking a paper-based record-keeping system at a centralized nursing station, transcribing information by hand, comparing this against the patient chart, visually checking the wristband to confirm patient identity and transcribing patient information back to the paper-based record keeping system.
“By its nature the traditional medication administration process takes caregivers away from their patients in order to perform administrative processes. This system allows nurses to spend more time at the bedside, improves productivity and efficiency, reduces medical costs, and most importantly improves patient safety,” said Willis.

About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 43 campuses and employs 55,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of 7,700 plus licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

About LaserBand, LLC
Dedicated to providing the best possible patient identification solutions, LaserBand is the industry leader in research and development. LaserBand's easy-to-implement, cost-effective patient ID wristbands and labels are used worldwide by healthcare facilities that demand state-of-the-art patient identification. Additional Information can be found at http://www.laserband.com or by calling 800-238-0870.

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