Barcodes on Babies: A Closer Look at the Healthcare Industry

Barcoded wristbands are used throughout the healthcare industry, but what about newborns?

Although barcodes now play a significant role in the healthcare industry, you may not realize just how prevalent they are. In addition to barcode wristbands for adults, babies need them too.

As scary as it sounds, there have been incidents of errors involving newborns including breast feeding and worse—patient discharge. By using barcoded wristbands, hospitals can safely connect the right mother to the right child, connecting the child with their new electronic health record.

However, due to the size of the patient, infant patients can’t just have any barcoded wristband—they need something soft, safe and scalable. An infant’s skin is delicate, so it’s important to use wristband materials that are soft, hypoallergenic, flexible and non-abrasive. In addition to the feel of the wristband, the size needs to be small enough for an infant’s wrist, yet large enough to properly display a barcode.

Finding the right wristbands for infants in the hospital can be tough, but thankfully our friends at Zebra Technologies have put together a white paper entitled, “Key Considerations for Bar Coded Infant Wristband” to help hospitals make more informed decisions and keep newborns safe.