The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), a division of the National Health Service (NHS), published reports in July of 2007 showing a high proportion of adverse patient safety incidences were linked to the absence and/or incorrect information on patient ID wristbands. The NPSA then issued a directive for the NHS hospitals to begin standardizing wristbands and link them to their IT systems by 2009. In response, the NHSSC awarded contracts to eight suppliers to provide patient ID wristbands to the NHS hospitals and P3 Medical Ltd. was among them.
"P3 is very pleased to have been awarded this important contract by the NHS Supply Chain, especially in view of the rapid development to standardize wristbands, making patient safety the highest priority", stated Simon Talbot of P3 Medical Ltd. "In the United Kingdom, PDC's write-on wristbands are already being used by more hospitals than any other. And around the world, their automatic positive patient ID systems have been the cornerstone of the most successful patient safety initiatives at hospitals for over 50 years. We certainly join the NHS in helping to drive this patient safety initiative to improve patient outcomes and help protect lives."
Simon Talbot said that while the vast majority of hospitals in the United Kingdom currently use handwritten bands, he's encouraged to finally see the shift toward automated technologies to prevent medical errors. "Hospitals prefer the PDC systems for their ability to meet patient safety needs", continued Simon Talbot. "They meet the NHSSC contract needs for both human readable - handwritten - and more advanced - bar code and RFID - wristbands. No other company offers the quality, breadth and scope of patient wristband solutions like PDC."
On the contract are PDC's bar code positive patient ID wristband solutions featuring direct thermal bands offered with a choice of plastic snap or adhesive closures for maximum patient security and comfort. Their bar code systems protect important patient information under its clear adhesive pockets or shields. Many PDC bar code wristband solutions offer a special outer coating for crisp printing and the superior ability to scan bar coded information clearly.
Also on the contract are PDC Infant and Adult/Paediatric Sentry SuperBand, which are already used by the majority of hospitals in the United Kingdom. "Hospitals prefer Sentry SuperBand for its versatility and ease of use in providing patient identification", stated Simon Talbot. Constructed of lightweight non-stretch polyester with a secure snap closure, Sentry SuperBand features a patented ClearImage surface that protects handwritten and embossed/imprinter information. PDC developed the first imprinter style wristband in 1982.
Throughout the multi-year contract, P3 will deliver many of PDC's positive patient wristband ID solutions from write-on to bar code to RFID. These PDC solutions will ensure positive patient identification conducive to the NHS Hospitals patient safety goals.
P3 Medical is a privately owned company specializing in high quality and cost-effective medical devices for use by health care professionals in hospitals and similar health care settings. Established in 2001, P3 Medical is a young and fast growing company led by a team with many years of experience in serving hospitals worldwide. P3 Medical works closely with clinicians and other health care professionals to develop its products and provide solutions for optimum efficiency and patient care. P3 manufactures a range of medical and surgical products in two United Kingdom factories, based in Bristol and Preston.
P3 manufactured products are distributed throughout the world and include single-use devices for Anaesthesia and a comprehensive range of Sterile Equipment Drapes and Covers, together with a number of Essential Surgical Accessories. All of P3 Medical devices comply with the requirements of the Medical Device Directive and the company operates a quality management system to ISO9001 and ISO13495. In addition to manufacturing and distributing its own products, the company works as United Kingdom Distributor to a number of medical device manufacturers.
For over 50 years, PDC has been the pioneer in patient safety through positive identification systems and other health care products. The company delivers quality wristband solutions that help protect millions of patients against medical errors, while preventing millions more in associated costs. PDC developed the first single-piece patient wristband, the first bar code wristband system, and the first Smart Band RFID wristband system.
PDC also produces wristband systems for the leisure and entertainment and law enforcement markets, including non-transferable VIP Band wristbands in multiple colours and materials, and advanced Smart Band RFID wristbands for cashless point of sale, keyless door entry, and access control and security. The company is committed to 100 percent quality in service, design, and manufacturing and has ISO-9001: 2000 and ISO-13485: 2003 certification. More company news can be found in the VMW February 2007 article Precision Dynamics Corporation and HP provide Chang Gung Memorial Hospital with RFID system for patient management.