Over 20 years ago, TCG started working with Welch Allyn to standardize barcode scanners for the Veteran’s Administration Hospitals Barcode Medication Administration system (BCMA). At that time, the VA had numerous different scanners designed to be used in different industries. A healthcare environment needs to have the right scanner for the job. Too much is riding on patient safety and health to have scanning errors. Advancement in the GS-1 standard for barcode medication further creates the need for a 2D area imaging scanner, healthcare plastics, and even FIPS 140-2 Bluetooth encryption to further protect patient data. TCG has the hardware to help healthcare employees improve bedside barcode point of care, reduce pharmacy errors, and properly label blood and IV bags.
Positive Patient ID
Having the proper scanner to scan patient wristbands and medications helps to ensure the right dose, of the right drug, in the right form, to the right patient, at the right time. Often custom scanner configuration is needed to properly interface with the Point of Care system.
Scanning medication in the pharmacy is the foundation for nurses scanning the same medication on the patient floor. A properly configured scanner allows the pharmacist to have record of the medication they are filling and the NDC number of the medication.
Blood & IV Identification
The ability to properly print and scan a blood bag label starts with the label printer. For example, the printers used by the Red Cross require custom firmware to create the label format standard used on blood bags in US hospitals.