ID wristbands and bracelets

Correct, legible details can drastically reduce care errors, says firm aiming to raise awareness in hospitals worldwide

Throughout the world, every day, thousands of hospital patients are victims of identification breakdowns and errors that resulted or could have resulted in far greater health problems for them and other outcomes for hospitals.

Photo: ID wristbands and bracelets
Photo: ID wristbands and bracelets

For example, between February 2006 and January 2007, the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Patient Safety Agency received over 24,000 reports of patients being wrongly identified and mismatched with their care. ‘This can be distressing for patients and staff and can result in serious, lasting harm, such as chronic pain, undiagnosed cancers, blindness and even death,’ points out Paul Brennan of Brenmoor Ltd, UK-based manufacturer of hospital wristbands and hospital bracelets. ‘There’s an urgent need to reduce identification errors in the vast majority of hospitals throughout the world and we believe that printed identification bands will provide that solution, ensuring the right patient gets the right care.’

Eight out of 10 hospitals in the United Kingdom now use Brenmoor printed identification (ID) wristbands to ensure their patients are correctly identified during their entire hospital stay - a practice which the UK Company hopes to roll out globally. Designed following consultations with healthcare staff, and approved by the National Patient Safety Agency for distribution through NHS Supply Chain, these bands contain a barcode, the patient’s name and date of birth.

The firm reports that their ID bands are economical, easy to print, comfortable to wear and resistant to soaps, alcohol, water and other commonly used chemicals used in hospitals, the maker points out.
The range of ID bracelets is also broad, including those for general patient use, short- to medium-term hospital stays and specially designed bracelets for child patients.

Brenmoor is the only British and European manufacturer and supplier of printable wristbands to the National Health Service (NHS) and is keen to raise awareness of the value of printed ID bracelets and introduce its range of wristbands and bracelets to new European markets. To this end, the company is at Medica, where it also intends to source new international partners.

Details: www.brenmoor.com
Brenmoor is at Medica
UK Pavilion
Hall 16. Stand G10.

16.11.2009

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