The Zebra Z-Band Wristband Label a has many possible uses.
Patient identification is a major issue in the healthcare industry. Patient wristbands are the easiest way to identify patients in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. A wristband bands might have codes and information concerning a patient’s age, gender and even the day he/she was admitted in the hospital. In the arena of printed wristbands for hospitals, Zebra has a wide range of printers for producing wristbands suitable for all types of patients from infants to full grown adults.
When choosing which Zebra printer to use to print patient wristbands there are many things to consider. Will there be a variety of different wristband sizes and colors used? Will the printed wristbands be subject to heat or direct sunlight? Will the wristbands be used for short term or long term patient stays? Will the wristbands need to have extremely small text or barcodes on it?
If wristbands will be used for long term patient care, then it is better to choose a thermal transfer printer instead of a direct thermal printer because the printed image lasts longer. Label printing that is Thermal Transfer is done by heating a carbon ribbon that applies an image to the wristband. Direct thermal printers simply heat the wristband itself creating a darkened image.
Direct thermal printers can be used in situations like outpatient clinics where patients will not need to be identified longer than the few hours they are in the clinic. Bands printed with direct thermal printing technology will not last long in direct sunlight or heat as the material is very sensitive to heat and will darken making the printed image unreadable.
If many different sizes and colors of wristbands are needed the HC100 from Zebra provides the ability to have a quick transition from one color to another or one size to another. The HC100 prints the wristbands from preloaded cartridges that are easily loaded and ejected much like bread fits in a toaster.
If small compact text or barcodes are going to be used on the wristbands then the print quality is a large factor. Because printing with a ribbon results in a more clear and readable image a thermal transfer printer with high DPI (dots per inch) capability should be used for small text and barcodes.
Zebra thermal wristbands come in a variety of sizes and colors and may have either adhesive or secure clips for closing the wristband. Wristbands from Zebra have antimicrobial coating that help cut down on the possibility of transmitting infection or disease between patients.. Zebra patient wrist bands also have very superior resistance to hand sanitizers – a product very commonly used in hospitals and clinics.
With all the varieties of Zebra wristband labels and printers available, every healthcare facility will be able to find a Zebra wristband solution that fits their individual needs for patient identification.
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