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IV Line Labels: An Important Part of Patient Care

An IV consists of numerous components including the drip chamber, air vent, solution filter, and tubing. Each component is designed to ensure patients receive the right dosage of medicine. In hospital environments and healthcare facilities, it is easy for these items to get mixed up as more than one medication could be administered this way at the same time. It becomes more confusing when IV’s are piggybacked together to administer multiple medications through one injection site.

When you put all these factors together for hundreds to thousands of patients and numerous staff members, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of everything. IV line labels are an identification product provided to healthcare clinics, hospitals, or other facilities to prevent the catastrophic errors experienced from line confusion or medication mix-ups. They may be color coded to make medication identification simple for each staff member. Since most facilities use different requirements, it is important to use a supplier who is able to meet your individual needs.

Why Use IV Line Labels?

IV line labels are one of the most common solutions for preventing medication mix-ups because they allow facilities to effectively manage tubing changes, administer the right medications, and be aware of what drugs the patient is currently on. Besides providing an easy way to detect what medications are given to the patient, they also serve the following purposes:

  • Recognizing Piggybacked Medications
  • Identifying High Alert Medications
  • Making End-to-End Line Tracing Easier
  • Increasing Medication Safety
  • Gaining an Easy-to-Use, Affordable Solution
  • Avoiding Line Confusion During Administration

In order to make certain the right medications are administered intravenously, labeling standards must be implemented within a facility and followed by everyone. If this is not done, then IV line labels become less effective. They may be used to place markers on the IV bag and tubing for easy identification regardless of the number of drugs currently being administered.

Tubing control labels often come in a perforated form so one part may be applied to the bag and the other to the tubing’s point of entry. Each marker meets the defined ASTM color standards to guarantee easier drug identification by staff members. For example, it is possible to purchase a standard white tag with the date, time, and initials or to obtain colored IV line labels containing the drug name.

While these are the ASTM recommended colors, some healthcare facilities use their own set of standards. Remember to choose a provider who not only supplies high quality products, but also capable of fulfilling your specific IV line label needs. By using these products, it will be easier to trace IV lines and to know when they need to be changed out.

Each drug is able to have its own color-coded marker to prevent confusion during administrations or medication management. Whether you have facility specific requirements or follow ASTM standards, Shamrock Labels is able to provide the highest quality IV line labels and exceptional customer service. We want to hear all about your labeling needs to ensure you receive quality healthcare labeling products at a great price. Give us a call today!

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