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Banner hospitals launch use of ID device

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 12:22 pm

New technology at Mesa's Banner Heart Hospital and Banner Baywood Medical Center now helps medical staff strengthen the quality of patient care.

"Positive Patient Identification" is a handheld device that scans bar codes on patient wristbands and medications. The bar code on the patient's wristband tells the wireless scanner who the patient is, and accesses the patient's electronic medical records to determine if there is an order for that medication.

A nurse can use the device to scan the patient's arm band bar code, as well as the medication bar code, before administering medicine. If there were an issue of some sort, the device would alert the nurse of the need for further investigation.

"This provides an excellent second line of protection in safely delivering patient medication," said Cindy Helmich, Banner Baywood chief nursing officer.

For more information, contact (480) 321-4273.

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