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September 25, 2014

Zebra Technologies Introduces Printer for Sterile Environments

The headlines regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa seem to be getting worse by the day. According to the CDC, the number of cases could potentially increase to 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January based on the statistical forecast the agency conducted. This also comes on the heels of a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine warning the virus could become endemic. Viruses as well as other contagions can be contained if the right measures are implemented in healthcare organizations and the population in general. This includes using equipment in these facilities to identify patients correctly so they can be treated according to the condition they suffer from. The new Zebra GK420TM Healthcare printer prints information to clearly identify objects and procedures, and is also a first of its kind desktop printer for sterile environments with multiple printing options.

The new printer helps clinicians ensure patient health while meeting regulatory compliances with industry standards. Zebra Technologies Corporation, provider of real-time visibility into healthcare organizations' patients, clinicians and assets, launched the GK420 Healthcare desktop printer with a line of disinfectant ready healthcare printers including the QLn Healthcare Solutions Series and the HC100 wristband printer. These printers are designed to improve patient safety in healthcare operations for accurate identification of patients, lab works, prescriptions and other critical products and services that have to be identified without any mistakes.

“Whether it's positively identifying patients, specimens, or medications, Zebra's solutions are specifically designed to optimize workflows and improve identification accuracy within healthcare environments,” said Andy Tippet, healthcare vertical manager of the Americas, for Zebra Technologies.

The GK420 is designed to function in sterile environments to withstand regular cleanings with disinfecting solutions so healthcare professionals can label medications and specimens before and during surgery in the operating room. The printer can also be applied in: medication identification in the pharmacy; sample processing in the lab; tissue identification in the surgery center; blood bank labeling; medical records labeling; compliance labeling; and asset identification and tracking.

The printer was also designed with a medical-grade power supply certified to IEC 60601-1 standards, which means it reduces the risk of electrical shock to patients and staff while improving printer performance.

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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