Like most in the medical industry, the cost of staffing is more than the cost of labels. Having bar codes that don’t scan on samples is annoying and complicated. If the sample is set aside due to a bar code failure and the sample isn’t processed in time, another sample from the patent may be required; an expensive process due to a simple failure. Let us show you how we can make the labels more efficient so your staff is more productive.
We use glove friendly stocks. The label adhesive will not tear your gloves and will withstand exposure to dry ice.
TEST TUBE LABELS
We have provided bar code labels and label/form documents to some of the nation’s largest testing labs over the last 15 years. Over time, test tubes have gotten smaller both in length and circumference. Tube size dictates the label size which in turn dictates the space for the bar code. So, as tubes get smaller, the labels must get smaller and thus the bar codes must get smaller. This conflicts with demands for more data in the bar code. It also conflicts with the need for higher print quality of bar codes for blood analyzing equipment such as the Olympus OLA; higher density bar codes are more difficult to scan than low density bar codes. Any tube rejected due to bar code scanning failure gets set aside. If not quickly entered into the system, the sample may be compromised resulting in the costly need for another blood sample to be drawn, typically from offsite patents.
As tubes get smaller, it’s more difficult for a label to stick to the tighter circumference. If more aggressive adhesive is used it might tear technician’s gloves, potentially exposing them to blood samples. Finally, the adhesive must withstand exposure to dry ice used in the next day air shipment of samples to the lab.
Sound complicated? It is. Contact us. We have the label stock that is flexible enough to conform to smaller tubes without “winging up” and still have the required opacity for bar code scanning. We have the adhesive that sticks to the tube without sticking to the technician’s gloves. We print bar codes that have unparalleled scanning success in equipment like the Olympus OLA. We have the quality processes to insure your operation runs smoothly.
DUAL WEB Prescription Sets and Requisition Sets
Pointil Systems has provided blood test and drug test label/form documents to some of the nation’s largest testing labs over the last decade. In order to maintain anonymity, the document has the patient’s name and a number, but the label applied to the test tube has only the bar code number. The test results are tracked by the number and returned to the document with the same number. Anyone dealing with blood test label/form documents understands there are four critical elements of the document:
- The numbers on the document and the label must match. If the numbers don’t match the test results are given to the wrong patient. It is needless to point out the liability of such a situation.
- The label adhesive does not tear the medical technician’s glove, potentially exposing the technician to the blood sample.
- The label must remain attached to the sample.
- The bar code on the label is scannable on a first read basis.
Dual web construction reduces the risk of mismatched labels and forms to ZERO, reduces a clinic’s paper work processing and provides a more securely affixed label to the tube, without compromising the safety requirements for a technician.
Dual web products are preferred over integrated products for laser applications Dual web allows you to join a variety of materials having different facestocks, adhesives, or liners. There are many more adhesive options available with label stock than applied adhesive used in integrated products. Standard label adhesives have a longer shelf life than applied adhesive. Unlike integrated products, there are no loose edges on the back of the document. The liner patch on the back of integrated products may get hung up in a laser printer causing a jam or worse, actually pre-dispensing in the printer, exposing the bare adhesive to the internal path of the printer and potentially damaging the drum. With integrated products you must convert a section of the paper to a label or card by adding adhesive and liner to the back of the document. Therefore, your label or card must be made of standard paper. If a special label is required, the entire paper area must be of that special stock. In fact, most laser printer manufacturers recommend dual web construction over integrated construction. Pointil is a Lexmark approved manufacturer.
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