February 2003
Volume 27 No. 2


Hi-tech ID wristbands boost safety, efficiency

A new bar-coded ID wristband that automatically links clinical data with patients' medical record numbers is boosting patient safety and health-care efficiency at Stanford Hospital. Based on the promising results the hospital has seen after a few months of use, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is gearing up to use it as well.

With the technology, patients admitted to the hospital receive wristbands that contain their medical record number in bar-code form. The bar code is read electronically by diagnostic devices such as glucometers, which allows the test results to be automatically linked back to the patient. When the patient's wristband is scanned, the data is downloaded to the hospital's clinical laboratory where it is joined to other test results in the patient's record. By automating this process, the wristband eliminates errors that occur when medical record numbers are entered by hand.


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-SANDRA TROTTER shows a glucometer at a docking station. Bar-coded wristbands worn by patients at Stanford Hospital provide a link between the devices and the clinical laboratory.

Medical staff members vote on revised bylaws

The Medical Staff Office wishes to thank the active medical staff members who recently reviewed and voted on the proposed revisions to the Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations. By using CD-ROMs this year, instead of paper copies, to distribute the red-lined version of the bylaws, the Medical Staff Office reduced the cost of the voting process by almost $5,000 over previous years. Sandi Edgar, director of medical staff services, said she hoped the new model worked well for the medical staff members.

When the revised Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations receive final approval from the board of directors, they will be posted on the Web site for Medical Staff Services, Edgar said, and a note will be sent out letting medical staff members know where the documents can be accessed. Physicians will also receive information on how to obtain a hard copy of the document if they wish. Edgar and the Medical Staff Office extended their thanks to the medical staff members who participated in the process.

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