Laboratory Labeling

From Micro Workcards and slide labels to container and receipt labels

Laboratory Labeling

Labeling blood and other samples at the time they are collected improves patient safety and helps prevent a host of problems related to misidentification — including many of the estimated 160,900 adverse events that occur in U.S. hospitals annually because of sample identification errors. There is a strong and growing body of evidence within medical literature that creating specimen identification labels on demand at the patient bedside with a mobile printer can significantly reduce errors.

Accurate labeling at the point of care can prevent many specimen identification errors and resulting problems. Specimen labeling errors accounted for 55.5 percent of identification errors in a study conducted by the College of American Pathologists. Specimen labeling, the most common error, occurred more than twice as much as the second-most common cause.

Specimen Collection Labels

Browse our labels for specimen collection


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The number attributed to wrong site surgeries due to mislabeling or incorrect display of test specimens or results.1


The percent of identification errors caused by incorrect specimen labeling.2


The percent of specimen labeling errors during the collection process that account for adverse events.3

Don’t Be Part Of The Problem. Label Your Specimens Safely with Digi-Trax.

Reduce medical errors, increase patient safety and save money— up to 40% at your facility.

Printers and Labels

The specimen label produced at the bedside is the crucial link between the benefits of automated management systems and real-world processes. There can be no specimen accuracy and patient safety benefits without durable labels and consistently excellent print quality. Label readability is the most important criteria when selecting a printer for specimen labeling. Barcodes, text and graphics must be clear and long lasting to provide accurate identification from the time of collection through to final disposal or storage. In addition, printers should be fast enough to produce labels on-demand without inconveniencing the phlebotomist.

Laboratory Labels & Supplies

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The following Zebra hardware is available with Digi-Trax specimen and laboratory labeling solutions:

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TC52X-HC mobile computer

WiFi and cellular connectivity options available

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ZQ610 Plus-HC mobile printer

Perfect for label printing on WOW carts. Learn more about our mobile printers.

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Zebra ZD411-HC compact printer

Suitable for facilities that prefer a stationary printer in the room with mounting solutions available

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DS8100-HC series bar code scanner

Designed for healthcare and resistant to constant disinfection

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Zebra ZD421-HC desktop printer

Wireless options, easy to integrate and manage— on site or remotely

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Zebra ZD611-HC premium compact printer

Simplify operations with a full color touch screen. Add mobility on a cart with the battery option. Mounting solutions available

Watch a short video to learn more about the ZD411-HC and ZD611-HC compact healthcare printers from Zebra

Digi-Trax has an extensive line of labels for the laboratory— from micro workcards and slide labels to container and receipt labels. Be sure to check our Specimen Collection section for additional offerings.

We offer specially matched high durability ribbons that are packed in label/ ribbon kits. Also, we offer ribbon quantities to match what is needed for the number of labels you order for your printer.

Ask about our comprehensive FREE printer service and label programs.

Digi-Trax offers the entire line of hardware, software, accessories, labels, service and support for the following laboratory information systems:

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(contact your Sunquest account manager for your hardware options)

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Digi-Trax® is your full service solution provider for our LIS partners.

Browse additional brochures

In our laboratory brochure gallery

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The Zebra ZD411-HC printing specimen labels at bedside.

Next Steps

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1. Richard J. Croteau, M.D., Wrong Site Surgery: The Evidence Base. New York State Patient Safety Conference, 2007.

2. Paul N. Valenstein, Stephen S. Raab, Molly K. Walsh (2006) Identification Errors Involving Clinical Laboratories: A College of American Pathologists Q-Probes Study of Patient and Specimen Identification Errors at 120 Institutions. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: Vol. 130, No. 8, pp. 1106-1113.

3. Edward J. Dunn, Paul J. Moga (2010) Patient Misidentification in Laboratory Medicine: A Qualitative Analysis of 227 Root Cause Analysis Reports in the Veterans Health Administration. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: Vol. 134, No. 2, pp. 244-255.




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