How important is Drug Labeling in Health Care Delivery?

Barcodes In Healthcare In a study published in the journal Anesthesiology in which researchers examined surgical procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital during 2013—2014, it was found that almost half of those surgeries involved a drug dosing mishap. Over one-third of them caused patent injury including three life-threatening mistakes, although no deaths actually resulted. Operating rooms…

3D Barcodes

Yes Virginia, there are 3D barcodes but let’s first be clear what they are not. Contrary to what some have written, Data Matrix Code and QR Code are not 3D barcodes (and nor, for that matter, are UPC and Code 128 2D barcodes). Come on people, remember your middle school geometry: data encoded in the…

The Benefits of In-Line Verification

If you print barcodes on a thermal or thermal transfer printer, consider the benefits to in-line verification. If you already understand the importance of barcode verification, inline verification can make a big difference—and if you are not already verifying your barcodes, you will soon find out how expensive and destructive one barcode quality problem can be…

Code Match Part 2: Kitting

Kitting is specialized packaging—putting all of the parts together to form a complete kit; hence “kitting.” How do you ensure than the kit is complete and all the various parts are there? Code match is the best way. But if code match is a one-for-one match of a “master” barcode and its clone, how can…

Verifying Barcodes on Corrugated

   Most barcode printing situations are pretty much the same, but printing barcodes on corrugated is highly specialized, and it brings special requirements both to barcode quality and the equipment required to test and grade it. The corrugated environment is so challenging for barcode printing, a symbology was invented specifically for it: the Interleaved Two…