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By Rich Handley

SATO Europe Launches New RFID-enabled Patient ID Wristbands

SATO Europe, a provider of automatic-identification and labelling solutions, has unveiled a new range of ID wristbands for the health-care sector. The wristbands are designed to enhance patient safety, security and comfort, according to the company. Four new wristband lines have been launched as part of SATO Europe's Thermal Transfer (TT) Line wristband: the Direct Thermal (DT) Line, the Eco Line, the Laser Line and the RFID Line.

"We can now offer a complete portfolio of patient ID wristbands to the healthcare sector that suit individual patient needs and are fit for specific hospital environments and stay durations," said Kevin Allart, SATO Europe's health-care business-development manager, in a prepared statement. "Healthcare professionals benefit from optimum flexibility and cost-effectiveness in the choice of wristband whilst ensuring patient safety is protected at all times due to accurate data collection and identification. For patients, the ID wristbands have been designed to be comfortable to wear and non-irritable to skin whilst providing peace of mind and convenience."

The four wristbands have been developed to offer hospitals and other health organizations cost-effective ID solutions for short stays and outpatients, the company reports. The RFID Line offers health-care facilities autonomy, patient safety and security. Customers can choose from HF, UHF and NFC technologies, depending on the scenario.

Hospital personnel can scan and track patients from a distance using strategically placed RFID readers or mobile devices, minimizing the need to disturb them for data collection. The RFID technology can also be used to manage access to departments or wards—for example, maternity or mental health units. The RFID wristbands are printed using direct-thermal technology, providing a high-quality print that can retain data securely for up to one week.

"We understand that there is no one-size fits all solution to patient safety and security; that's why we have extended our range of ID wristbands," Allart said in the prepared statement. "Now, we can offer customers in the healthcare sector a comprehensive, cost-effective selection of wristbands that deliver error-free, accurate identification data. SATO has been involved in the development of fail-safe solutions for positive patient identification for more than two decades. We have worked with hospitals and healthcare organizations to deliver solutions that withstand the harsh hospital environment whilst preserving patient data securely and safely to provide peace of mind to patients and healthcare professionals alike."

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