A Modern Ambulatory Surgery Center Will Use These 3 Technologies

Efficient hospitals are foundational for any community; however, increasing demands placed on healthcare workers may complicate the delivery of quality care. To support hospitals and caregivers, Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) address demands by providing scheduled surgeries in an outpatient setting. Surgeries performed in an ASC typically cost 40-60% less than hospital surgeries as they take less time to complete. While this alleviates hospitals, case volumes are still on the rise. Consequently, ASCs require functional, purpose-built labeling solutions to connect staff and safeguard patient safety from admission to discharge.

The following three technologies have become dependable pillars in modern healthcare settings and ASCs:

1. Healthcare-Grade Scanners 

Errors can cost more than money in healthcare. That’s why many facilities are investing in 1D/2D barcode scanners to automate data capture and sharing. Zebra’s corded and cordless scanners go a step further with disinfectant-ready exteriors and a seamless design that conceales screw holes for easy cleaning. 

Moreover, Zebra’s hybrid imagers are also equipped with LEDs to read color-coded barcodes on specimen trays. Nurses can leverage faster data capture in a handheld or hands-free scanning system that adapts to their space.

2. Wristband and Mobile Printers
Positive patient identification hinges on legible barcodes throughout the entire treatment process. Compact desktop and mobile printers deliver quality barcodes directly at the point-of-care with easy-to-load cartridges and faster printing speeds. 

Similar to the scanners, Zebra’s wristband and mobile printers are designed with durable plastics to withstand constant wipe-downs. Advanced battery technologies also help to prevent sudden downtime since batteries are engineered to last beyond traditional 8-hour shifts.

3. Pre-Tested Labels
Lastly, quality labels and wristbands support accurate patient and specimen tracking for enhanced patient care within ASCs. Latex-free wristbands are designed to lay flat against the patient to facilitate quick scans. Moreover, every label is made with thoroughly tested materials to survive exposure to multiple hand sanitizer brands without damaging the barcode. 

For unique use cases, Zebra’s certified labels can also be customized to match application requirements. Adhesive strength, size, color, and surface type are only a few of the adaptable factors ASCs may configure to develop a label tailored to their needs. 

Check out our Ambulatory Surgery Center e-book to learn how labeling technology amplifies patient safety.   
A superior labeling solution empowers healthcare facilities with reliable patient identification throughout the treatment process. However, because ASCs may differ in layout and capacity, it is highly recommended that facilities first assess their space to select technologies that match their needs. An initial workflow evaluation will help establish clear goals for your labeling solution to optimize patient care. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.