For a care provider, patient safety always has the highest priority, giving the right care, the right treatment and the right medication. Using GS1’s standards for unique identification of patients, pharmaceuticals, samples, blood and surgical instruments ensures that the patient gets the right dose of the right medicine, that samples can be traced to the right patient and the right laboratory, and that blood bags can be traced back to the donor.
For operations, individual surgical instruments can be traced back to sterilisation and to previous operations where they were used. The identification standard also allows implants used in an operation to be linked to the patient. All events are automatically logged in the patient’s chart.
GS1 and Karolinska University Hospital
Karolinska University Hospital is modifying its infrastructure and procurement to introduce bedside scanning using data carriers according to GS1 standards. Bedside scanning will allow Karolinska University Hospital to improve patient safety.
On 3 January 2012, Karolinska University Hospital published a statement of intent to use GS1’s standards. The decision was made by the Administrative Director and means that “… Karolinska will modify its infrastructure and procurement to introduce bedside scanning using data carriers according to GS1 standards”. Bedside scanning will allow Karolinska University Hospital to improve patient safety.
To ensure the correct conditions for procurement, Karolinska University Hospital together with the procurement department of Stockholm County Council informed product suppliers of the decision and the need to be familiar with GS1’s standards.
A vision for the health service in Sweden for use of the GS1 standard (pdf)
Guide to barcode labelling of delivery units for healthcare (pdf) (in Swedish)
GS1 Healthcare GTIN Allocation Rules (pdf)