Patient Safety: Labeling Syringes in the Clinic

Jan 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Healthcare

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Syringes are one of the most integral tools of any medical institution.  Primarily used for injectable medications, they are critical to proper patient care, as anesthesiologists depend on them to sedate and anesthetize. With that in mind, it’s important to consider that syringes, which may hold any number of different classes of drugs, need to be properly labeled with pertinent information, such as the name of the drug and its concentration, as mislabeled syringes could yield potentially dire consequences for those who are injected with the wrong substance or dose.

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How Swiss Cheese Can Help You Avoid Errors in the Lab

Jan 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Technology, Healthcare, Laboratory

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Errors occur every day in healthcare institutions and research facilities. Medical lab errors can be very costly, setting hospitals back hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars for every mislabeled sample, causing irreparable harm to the physical and mental health of the patient. Errors in research also have a broad impact, skewing results and wasting precious materials—which are often irreplaceable—and years of effort.

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Labeling in Histology

Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels, Science, Histology

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Histology, the study of the anatomy of cells and tissues, is an important field of research used by researchers and physicians. While researchers seek to understand how each individual cell affects the function of tissues and organs, physicians study the histopathology of tissues, to see how they change in those affected by disease. Proper labeling of tissue samples at each step of the tissue preparation process is critical to the interpretation of histopathologic results, which are relied upon to correctly diagnose patients. However, histological techniques present unique obstacles for proper labeling that will often require innovative identification solutions to overcome.

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How to Safely Discard Sensitive Information on Labels

Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels, Healthcare, Laboratory, Sterilization

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In both clinical and research labs, it is often necessary to label material or equipment with sensitive information. This can include patient information or confidential experimental data. Once the patient is discharged, or the samples are either processed or no longer needed, these labels must be discarded; however, the information on the labels must still remain private. In certain cases, this may prove to be more difficult than anticipated. Here are 3 unique label options to help ensure that discarded material can’t be used to procure sensitive information.

 

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The Many Ways to Use Labels in Your Growing Cannabis Business

Dec 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Labels, Cannabis

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With medicinal as well as recreational cannabis being legalized across North America in recent years, the industry has seen tremendous growth. However, while this has led to impressive profits for cannabis producers and distributors, it has also brought with it a host of new regulations and standards. This includes strict regulations on the identification of all plants and cannabis products at every stage of production and distribution.
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The Multi-omics Mislabeling Challenge, Sponsored by the FDA and NCI-CPTAC

Nov 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Labels, Science

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A crowd-sourced, entirely cloud-based challenge, with the aim of developing and assessing new algorithms capable of identifying and correcting mislabeled samples using multi-omics data.

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7 Tips to Help Keep Label Costs Down

Nov 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels

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Whether you’re working in a small university research lab or for a large pharmaceutical company, saving money is a key priority. This includes saving on small expenditures, like labels, which can add up over time. Unfortunately, saving money isn’t as easy as pushing a button. Below you’ll find some tips you can follow to reduce costs when choosing your ideal labeling solution.

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The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 2

Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Labels, Barcodes, RFID, Healthcare

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Healthcare institutions tend to use diverse systems for labeling specimens, each incorporating fail-safes at different levels of collection and processing. Many hospitals practice the Swiss cheese model of error prevention, using multiple layers (or fail-safes) to cover up any possible holes, preventing errors from slipping through.1 When it comes to reducing labeling errors, researchers have identified several types of interventions that act as additional fail-safes, many of them incorporating modern technology, such as barcodes, radio frequency identification (RFID), and automated systems.

For Part 1 of the series, detailing the costs of labeling errors in the clinic, click here.

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The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 1

Nov 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Labels, Science, Healthcare

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Studying the real-time effects of labeling errors in the lab is extremely difficult. Billions of patient specimens, including blood and urine samples, as well as biopsies taken from multiple tissues and organs, are continually processed on a daily basis in clinical labs. Fortunately, several large-scale studies throughout the last 20 years have attempted to shed light on the clinical consequences of labeling errors in an effort to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs worldwide.

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Addressing the Problem of Labeling PCR and qPCR Tubes

Nov 1, 2018 10:55:21 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Barcodes, PCR

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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one of the most commonly performed laboratory procedures. This technique, used to amplify DNA or RNA sequences, is integral to a host of industries and environments, including healthcare, research, forensics, and agriculture. This powerful technique can be used to measure levels of gene activation, discover mutations in samples from patients with cancer, and identify sources of bacterial infection. However, despite recent advances in PCR technology, labeling PCR tubes remains problematic.

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