What features should I look for when buying patient wristbands?

11 January 2019

There are potentially lots of different factors to consider when choosing the perfect type of patient wristband to use in a hospital. Just some of the most common questions include:

  • How can I identify patients that have allergies or are particularly vulnerable?
  • How do I know if wristbands will be compatible with the printers in the hospital?
  • Will the wristbands be resistant to substances commonly used on wards?
  • Will the wristbands be comfortable to wear?
  • Do I need to order different sized wristbands for adults and children?
  • Will the wristbands be efficient to use?

In this blog, we aim to provide insight into each of these common questions. Helping you on your way in choosing the most appropriate patient wristband necessary for your hospital.

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Most important considerations for patient wristbands

Colour coding. Colour coding of patient wristbands within a hospital can be a wise decision. And such a system can indicate important key patient information. For example, a colour system could be implemented for things such as allergies, or risk of fall.

Ease of printing. Regardless of the size of a hospital, many patients will enter the doors each and every day. As such, printing of wristbands is a frequent process and this should be as easy and hassle free as possible for hospital staff. Wristbands should be compatible with existing printers and adding data to wristbands should be easy to achieve.

Durability. As well as saving time and money, durable wristbands also encourage staff and patients to use them properly. This is because they are less likely to remove the band or forget about them. Liquids such as hand sanitizer and hot water are in frequent use in hospitals. Making it important for wristbands to retain printed data despite frequent exposure to these.

Other important considerations

Patient comfort. When patients are in hospital their main aim is to get better, not constantly worry about their wristband which may be irritating or uncomfortable. As such, wristbands should be made from a soft and comfortable material that is compatible with the patient’s skin. Not containing any materials that could cause allergic reactions.

Size. Wristbands are fully adjustable depending on size of wrist. However they also come in different sizes for both adults and children. Wristbands are also available for neonatal units where both the adult and infant can be identified and paired.

Hospitals are busy environments. As such, hospital staff should be able to quickly reorder wristbands as necessary and be able to quickly label patients as they enter the hospital. As such, the more time that medical staff can spend with the patients the better.

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What is the best type of patient wristband to buy?

Hospitals are diverse environments and see patients from all backgrounds and needs. As such, it is impossible to tailor wristbands to each patients exact needs. However, there are a number of important factors to consider to make sure that patients remain comfortable and safe, staff time remains optimised and data remains clear and identifiable. We hope that you have found this post useful and are able to better identify a patient wristband solution best suited to your patients and staffs needs.

ASL Labels stock a comprehensive range of wristbands through their website. ASL stock direct thermal, laser and thermal transfer wristbands to suit a range of different printers. ASL also stock RFID wristbands, a useful technology increasing in popularity in hospitals. Eco wristbands are also available through their site. Contact ASL Labels today to find out more or obtain a quote.