UK group to launch hospital ID wristbands in ME
Dubai, December 5, 2009
UK-based Brenmoor, which currently supplies 70 per cent of UK hospitals with printed identification wristbands, is looking to launch its operations in the Middle East.
The printed identification wristbands help hospitals ensure that their patients are correctly identified throughout their stay there, said a senior official.
“There is an urgent need to reduce identification errors in the vast majority of hospitals throughout the world and we believe that printed identification bands will provide that solution, ensuring the right patient gets the right care,” said Paul Brennan of Brenmoor.
He pointed out that between February 2006 and January 2007, the National Patient Safety Agency Advice in the UK had received over 24,000 reports of patients being wrongly identified and mismatched with their care.
'This can be distressing for patients and for staff and can result in serious, lasting harm, such as chronic pain, undiagnosed cancers, blindness and even death,' he noted.
Brenmoor will attend the Arab Health 2010 expo which will be held at Dubai in January. The company aims to use the exhibition as a platform to raise awareness and promote the benefits of printed ID bracelets, as well as meeting new potential business partners from across the Middle East, Brennan observed.
'Every day throughout the world thousands of hospital patients are victims of identification breakdowns and errors of various degrees. This can result in major problems with transfusion, drug administering, specimen collection and point of care testing.'
Providing a cost effective but high quality solution, Brenmoor’s identification band contains a barcode, the patients name and their date of birth and can help reduce identification errors.
They have been designed following consultation with healthcare staff and have been approved by the National Patient Safety Agency for distribution through NHS Supply Chain, he noted.
They are easy to print, extremely comfortable for the patient and are resistant to soaps, alcohol, water and other commonly used chemicals used in hospitals.
There are a wide range of ID bracelets available including those for general patient use, short to medium term stays in hospital and ones specially designed for children.
Brenmoor is the only British and European manufacturer and supplier of printable wristbands to the NHS and is keen to introduce their pioneering range of wristbands and bracelets into new global markets.-TradeArabia News Service