Say goodbye to the old, familiar blue oval sticker you’re probably used to seeing on Sunkist premium citrus fruits. As soon as the company depletes its current stock of those old blue brand-familiar stickers, they will phase in a new GS1 DataBar label the company says includes embedded information such as a registered Sunkist identification number, the citrus variety,...
Many people think barcodes are pretty homely. Packaging design professionals, in particular, often
Starting last July, all pharmacies in South Australia were required to start using barcode scanners. Now, about five months later, the early results show a decrease in errors of 50%, according to this article from Pharmacy News. I’m intrigued, however, by the comments of Peter Halstead,
According to Joanne Mette, chief nursing officer at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward and Fremont [California] . . . nurses can be interrupted five to 10 times in the course of giving one medication. Her story, and that of other San Francisco bay area hospitals attempting to reduce medication errors is featured in this San Francisco...
At this site, GS1 Healthcare has made the following announcement: To support the immediate
Okay, yet another example of how bedside medication and barcodes is clearly needed in every hospital now! This recent article includes a brief mention of how the Veterans Affairs health system implements bedside barcoding:
Today is the 57th anniversary of the first barcode patent. Apparently that interested Google enough to devote one of their famous doodles to mark the occasion. At this Examiner.com article you can see the result and a quick overview of why so many people are fans of the technology.
If you’re not familiar with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) — and especially if you are a pharmacist — you may want to check them out.