Printing Wristbands the Right Way

Is your hospital still using laser printers to make their patient wristbands? Why?

For years, many hospitals have counted on laser printers to make them. They seem adequate enough for the job and it’s what your workers know, so why would you make the switch to direct printers? I’ll tell you why, and it’s for reasons that the workers who use the printers every day are probably quite familiar with.

Oozing Adhesive

Your employees probably know all about how easily the adhesive backing on wristbands and label forms can melt and ooze into the laser printers, causing performance problems which lead to increased help desk calls and higher maintenance costs.

Expensive Toner

Laser toner is expensive. Plus, more toner is used to print high-density bar codes than plain text, which means you’ll be buying more of the expensive toner!

Time Consuming and Labor Intensive

With some laser bands, the staff must load forms into a special tray, print labels, affix the label to the band, then fold a laminate coating over the band to protect the bar code! That’s six steps to perform a task that a direct thermal printer like the Zebra HC100 can do in just two:

  1. Print wristband
  2. Apply wristband to patient

Wasted Supplies

Many laser forms includ extra wristbands and labels that are not needed and must be destroyed under HIPAA guidelines. You are almost literally throwing money away.

Zebra is a global leader in on-demand specialty printing solutions. Their new HC100 Patient I.D. Solution overcomes all of the above obstacles by removing the laser from the equation. Create and attach a long-lasting, antimicrobial-coated thermal wristband in just two steps with no wasted time on cumbersome wristband assembly, no jammed laser printers, no toner, no ribbon, no problem!

Simplicity itself.

If you’d like to find out how your hospital can benefit from switching from laser to direct thermal printing, contact AbeTech today and let us help you find the right tool for the job!

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