For easy transfer of information, thermal labels are key to a hospital’s success. Direct thermal labels are produced on a type of material that has the ink already embedded within the material. Quick contact with heat causes the ink to surface and the thermal label to be imprinted with the desired information. A thermal transfer label is produced on a type of material that can be easily imprinted with the necessary information. Thermal transfer labels require ink ribbons to transfer the necessary information to them. They do not come pre-equipped with the ink like direct thermal labels. Overall, thermal printer labels are a commonly used form of labeling to allow personalized data transfer without handwriting information. It saves time and ensures accurate communication of crucial information. Many patient registration labels are created on thermal labels. These patient registration labels follow a patient throughout their stay in a hospital and help guarantee positive patient identification. Check out our quick labeling tips to determine if your labels are in fact thermal transfer or direct thermal labels. Having trouble finding the right thermal label for your hospital or lab needs? Jot down the printer model, and give us a call at (800) 638-7465 so that you get what you need in a timely manner!