The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 2

Nov 15, 2018 / by Alex A. 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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Addressing the Problem of Labeling PCR and qPCR Tubes

Nov 1, 2018 / 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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Types of Barcodes and What They Do

May 22, 2018 / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels, Printer, Barcodes

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Previously, we established that thermal printers are ideal for printing barcodes. The use of barcodes has multiple advantages, including improved data management and lower costs. With a wide range of uses, barcodes can be used everywhere from retail stores, to hospitals, and industrial work sites. However, barcode labels are not one size fits all, with different types of 1D and 2D barcodes each having their specific uses. Here we’ll give a brief overview of the different options available, to help you chose the barcode that will best suit your needs.

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