Syringe labeling device improves patient safety, decreases medical errors

June 23, 2011

A new labeling system improves the syringe preparation workflow by automatically printing full-color labels compliant with American Society of Anesthesiologists and containing all The Joint Commission required elements, announced a statement issued by the manufacturer.

A new labeling system improves the syringe preparation workflow by automatically printing full-color labels compliant with American Society of Anesthesiologists and containing all The Joint Commission required elements, announced a statement issued by the manufacturer.

The Codonics SLS Safe Label System received FDA 510(k) clearance in February as a Class II device. In the pharmacy, the SLS system enables the editing of all drug records in the system’s formulary. Detailed information for specific drugs can be added in accordance with the hospital’s policies.

Healthcare professionals preparing syringes can scan a vial using standardized barcode technology; SLS then gives visual and audible confirmation of the medication name and concentration, providing an electronic means for double-checking. SLS automatically prints a full-color label that is ready for application; each label bears a barcode, enabling staff to scan the syringe directly into hospital systems, including into the pharmacy inventory management system and the EHR system. Scanning can be accomplished even from the bedside in the intensive care unit.

“This standardization of drug labeling immediately improves patient safety and compliance, which can significantly decrease medication errors,” said Cristy L. Berg, vice president of communications, Codonics, in a company statement.

For more information, please contact Cristy Berg at cberg@codonics.com.