Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust wanted to adopt barcode technology to be used with their patient identification systems to improve patient safety and to comply with GS1 standards as part of the Scan4Safety Programme.
The wristbands are printed with the patient's NHS number, hospital number, name, date of birth and two barcodes- one linear and a 2D Data Matrix code- for GS1 compliance.
This Data Matrix barcode is scanned at various points of care in the hospital. The information held in the barcode allows for accurate tracking of the patient throught their care, to ensure patients always receive the right treatment and undergo the correct procedures.
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