One of the most influential ads ever produced appeared during the telecast of Super Bowl XVIII. It introduced the Apple Macintosh and served as the blast-off of a new brand of computer: the personal computer. It was 1984 and Apple wanted the Mac to symbolize the idea of empowerment. The Mac and the IBM PC empowered businesses in ways that were impossible for their predecessors, the minicomputer and mainframe computer.
An average of at least one error per day. That’s what the Institute of Medicine estimated that hospitalized patients experience during their stay. Despite ongoing provider education and awareness programs ranging from The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals, ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns Report, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey on safety and quality, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) Top Ten Patient Safety Priorities and more, highlighting medication safety challenges and corrective actions, it hasn’t resulted in a significant drop in incidents.
In 1999 the Institute of Medicine published a pioneering report, To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Healthcare System. It was the first report to highlight the human cost of medical errors. Their research uncovered that as many as 98,000 patients had died from preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals each year. But the report didn’t point fingers at healthcare workers who made honest mistakes. Instead, it focused on the importance of reducing medical errors and improving patient safety through the design of a safer healthcare system. One system that improved as a result of these findings was using labels to communicate crucial information throughout the patient care spectrum. Surprising? Not really. Here is how medical labels are improving patient safety and quality of care.
Consumer brand companies employ high-end designers to create product labels that stand out on the retail shelf. But for the typical healthcare organization, graphic designers are a rare luxury. So when you need a custom medical label to meet a compliance guideline or provide useful staff communications, that responsibility usually falls on someone without significant label or design knowledge. And when that occurs, use these tips for creating custom medical labels to simplify the process.
When the national average gas price tops $5.00, it impacts every consumer that drives an internal combustion engine-powered car. And although the price at the pump dominates the headlines, the impact of oil prices that have nearly doubled in the last year affects far more than drivers. It impacts nearly all organizations including hospitals, ambulatory centers and physicians’ practices. In addition to shipping costs for parcels and less-than-truckload shipments increasing by 15% to 25%, input costs for items like antiseptics, personal protective equipment and IV tubing that are made from oil or natural gas have climbed as well. Mix in the recent COVID lockdowns in China, widespread staffing shortages and other supply chain disruptions and the result is higher costs for the supplies healthcare organizations use every day to run their operations. With inflation reaching the highest level since 1981, taking steps to combat those increases is especially important. How can healthcare organizations reduce the impact of inflation and rising costs?
Have you ever played the snap test? It’s one way financial analysts assess a company. If you snapped your fingers and the company no longer existed, would anyone notice? If the answer is no, the company probably isn’t a good long-term investment. The snap test works in other areas as well. For example, what if you snapped your fingers and no longer had a label. Would it disrupt your organization in any way? Because it’s unlikely labels are the first thing you wake up and think about each day, you might be surprised at their importance. But your operation won’t function without the labels that are essential to your business.
Did Hippocrates think that his oath would have such a long-lasting impact when he first wrote it in 400 BC? In fact, whether it’s the actual wording or some derivation, medical students make that same promise at graduation and white coat ceremonies today. In addition, many nurses make a similar pledge, called the Nightingale Pledge, attributed to Florence Nightingale. Regardless of the type of oath or other modern-day professional codes a medical professional lives by, avoiding patient harm is a common thread in each one. But ensuring patient safety through the spectrum of care requires more than an oath. It requires a system-wide commitment and a multidisciplinary approach.
What’s worse than an internet outage? With so many connections to online applications, a disruption can prevent a wide range of activities, from transacting an online order to completing a simple task on the to-do list. But an internet outage isn’t the only problem causing wide-ranging impacts. Supply chain disruptions have created their own array of issues. And if your business uses labels to mark or ship products, guide medication dispensing, comply with safety regulations, monitor inventory and more, label material supply chain challenges may cause even more significant issues.
Whether it’s directly into a patient’s deltoid muscle or an IV tubing port, a syringe is a common method for medication administration. And like other administration options, it requires special care to ensure that errors don’t occur. For example, The Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality reports that nearly 5% of hospitalized patients experience an Adverse Drug Event (ADE). That makes them one of the most common types of inpatient errors and those errors often include drug mix ups. Avoid these inevitable challenges. Use this syringe labeling guide to help reduce preventable errors and improve overall patient safety.
We’re reliant on our digital tools. They help us communicate, collaborate and improve the customer experience. And although these digital tools boost our business, they don’t work for every application. Elevating your brand, differentiating your products, streamlining processes, complying with protocols and performing basic business functions can’t be accomplished through digital tools alone. In fact, physical materials, like a well designed custom label, drive additional value, allowing you to: