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Best Labeling Practices for Hospitals

Published: 2020-03-18
Best Labeling Practices for Hospitals
Best Labeling Practices for Hospitals

Hundreds of patients visit hospitals every day, and the doctors, nurses and other staff members are working hard to give those patients the best medical care. Emergency and medical procedures are not the only way to deliver that care. By using proper labeling practices, patients and staff can stay safe at the hospital.

Ensuring that your labels have proper information is vital for patient care, whether it be medication, hazardous materials, specimens, patient charts and rooms, relevant documents and more. All staff must work together to ensure that everything is labeled correctly, and everyone is following the guidelines written on the labels.

When it comes to labeling medications, the following must be included:

  • Patient's first and last name
  • Prescribing doctor
  • Drug name
  • Dosage
  • Strength
  • Directions of use
  • Quantity prescribed,
  • Any refills, if necessary.

All of the information above needs to be clearly labeled to ensure the patient is using the medication properly. When labeling specimens in the lab, this information must be included on the label:

  • Patient's first and last name
  • Hospital medical record number
  • Collector's ID
  • Time and date the specimen was collected.

Every sample must be labeled appropriately to ensure there are no mix-ups at the lab. The lab will also reject unlabelled samples. Patient documents must also be clearly labeled with any allergies, health issues, current medications and any other information that is important for their care.

During an outbreak, proper labeling is especially vital. This can help prevent the spread of diseases even further. For instance:

  • Patient Samples: Samples that have been taken by those potentially exposed to a virus must be labeled correctly. This will ensure that proper procedures will be followed if test results come back positive.
  • Quarantined Areas: Marking quarantined areas and what to do when entering these areas should be clearly stated. This will help ensure that those who are treating the patients are protected against infection.

At Nev's Ink, we carry high-quality labels for all your hospital labeling needs. We understand the urgency for labels in a hospital environment, which is why our process allows for stock items to be delivered right away. 

We also know that keeping costs low is essential. We operate at a minimal cost, so we can pass those savings onto our customers. For more information on our hospital labels, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-638-7465. We will answer any questions you may have. Contact Nev's Ink today!


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