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Zebra Technologies Introduces New Soft Infant Wristbands for Improved Safety and Comfort
Date:3/3/2009

New Z-Band(R) Direct and Z-Band QuickClip wristbands enable fast and reliable patient identification at the point of care

VERNON HILLS, Ill., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zebra Technologies (Nasdaq: ZBRA), a global leader in delivering on-demand specialty printing solutions for the healthcare industry, has introduced a new line of soft, easy-to-wear Z-Band Direct and Z-Band QuickClip wristbands for infants to ensure comfort and improve safety.

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Approximately one out of 15 hospitalized children will be the victim of a medication error, according to a 2008 study published in Pediatrics. Bar coding has been shown to substantially reduce dangerous and costly medical errors, including adverse drug events.

"Patient safety for infants - particularly medication safety - is a growing concern at hospitals nationwide," said Craig Swanson, Director of Marketing - Products & Services at Zebra Technologies. "By utilizing bar coded wristbands, healthcare providers can extend safeguards throughout the care process and reduce errors."

Made of a soft nylon material, the premium direct thermal wristbands by Zebra Technologies feature a new adjustable design to ensure an optimal fit for small infant wrists. The bands, which support both linear and two-dimensional bar codes, include a flat surface print area that supports higher first-time scan rates and minimizes any scanning issues that may result from the curvature of an infant's wrist. The wristbands are designed for use with Zebra's desktop printers, including the new HC100 direct thermal cartridge printer.

"Bar coded wristbands are the cornerstone of patient safety be
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