PDC-St. John Introduces New DuraSoft™ Laser Patient ID System for Automated Bar Code Identification at HIMSS 2013

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Wristband offers Unmatched Patient Comfort and Time-Saving Benefits to Caregivers

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DuraSoft™ wristband with Ident-Alert™ Color Coded Snaps

We created the DuraSoft™ product line because of the huge demand from caregivers for a softer and easier laser patient ID system.

Precision Dynamics-St. John (PDC-St. John), the global leader in healthcare identification solutions, announced today the release of its new DuraSoft™ Laser Patient ID System, a lightweight, ultra soft laser patient ID system that benefits both patients and caregivers by preventing misidentification caused by human error. DuraSoft™ is an automated bar code solution designed for quick and effortless application to improve workflow efficiencies and allow caregivers more time for patient care. The DuraSoft™ Laser Patient ID System is being launched at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference and exhibition, from March 3 to 7 in New Orleans.

The DuraSoft™ Laser Patient ID System includes a patient ID wristband and labels on a single sheet for fast and convenient printing of patient identification information and bar codes in a laser printer. DuraSoft™ is immediately available in seven different formats for easy drop-in replacement of an existing laser patient ID system, eliminating the need for IT involvement or re-formatting. Its patented, innovative design is moisture-resistant without the need for a laminate overlay and protects important patient information from fading or smearing from water, alcohol, or hand sanitizer. The DuraSoft™ wristband also features an antimicrobial additive that protects the wristband surface against tested non-pathogenic bacteria.

The DuraSoft™ wristband requires no assembly prior to application, unlike ordinary laser patient ID wristbands that feature a stiff, cumbersome laminate overlay that must be carefully folded and applied to the wristband. Caregivers do not have to take extra steps to fold and stick a laminate shield over the wristband, providing practical time-saving convenience during the admissions process.

“We created the DuraSoft™ product line because of the huge demand from caregivers for a softer and easier laser patient ID system,” said D’Albert Benoit, marketing manager for PDC-St. John. “Many hospitals have already switched from a human-readable system to an automated, machine-readable solution. Using a bar code system like DuraSoft™ is increasingly advantageous because hospitals can use it as part of their electronic medication administration record (eMAR) system to meet stage 2 meaningful use requirements established by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Electronic Tracking of Medications.”

DuraSoft™ is the only laser wristband that’s compatible with PDC-St. John’s Ident-Alert™ Color Coded Snaps. The brightly-colored 3D alert snaps are made from a flexible material with smooth, rounded corners for patient comfort. Ident-Alert™ Color Coded Snaps feature nationally standardized alert colors and large text to aid caregivers in easily identifying at-risk patients. Ident-Alert™ Color Coded Snaps help improve patient safety and communication among caregivers.

About Precision Dynamics Corporation-St. John

With more than 55 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. A pioneer of innovative technologies, 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 systematic, world-standard approach to ensure superior product design, manufacturing, and customer support services. For more information, visit http://www.pdcorp.com and http://www.stjohninc.com.

On December 28, 2012, the company was acquired by Brady Corporation, (NYSE:BRC) a world leader in identification solutions for premises, products, and people.

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