SOURCE: General Data Company, Inc.

March 16, 2006 09:41 ET

General Data Extends Specimen Identification Capabilities for Medical Laboratories With New, Improved StainerShield Slide Labels

Patent-Pending Tissue and Specimen Slide Identification Labels Feature Advanced Technology to Facilitate Bar Coding of Specimen Slides

CINCINNATI, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- General Data, a leading provider of specialized labeling and identification solutions, today introduced significant improvements to its StainerShield® labels for tissue and specimen slides. The enhanced StainerShield labels now feature an advanced stain and solvent-resistant polymeric technology that was developed specifically for laboratory applications and delivers improved resistance to an increasing number of lab protocols, which include exposure to the harshest chemicals, sovents and stains.

StainerShield labels are a part of General Data's StainerShield family of products and technologies designed for effective bar code-based identification and tracking of tissue cassettes and specimen slides in medical and research labs. Lab technicians print StainerShield labels with patient- and case-specific data in text and barcode format at the individual cutting workstations. The StainerShield labels are then applied to the specimen slides as they are produced, before the slides are exposed to the lab's staining process. As a result, the specimen slide has a permanent bar code identifier that can be used to positively identify and track the slide through staining, checkout to the pathologist for review, and back to the lab for archiving.

A growing number of labs across the United States are using StainerShield slide labels and complementary technologies in order to fully utilize bar coding to improve lab workflow and eliminate specimen misidentification errors that can affect patient safety and patient care.

"StainerShield is a technology that solves a number of identification and tracking challenges for the lab, and our improved StainerShield slide labels can now withstand some of the harshest and extraordinary processes that specimen slides are exposed to in the lab," said Peter Wenzel, president of General Data. "Our next-generation StainerShield labels provide even better performance -- making it even easier for labs to incorporate bar code technology and eliminate errors."

The University HealthSystems Consortium bar coding task force recently released its recommendations for the adoption of bar codes at point of care (BPOC) technology within hospitals. One of the UHC's recommendations stated, "Implementation of bar codes on laboratory specimens is equally important and similarly well developed compared with BCMA (Bar Code Medication Administration) and should be considered in the context of the comprehensive patient safety improvement plan." (i)

StainerShield labels are available exclusively through General Data. For more information, visit http://www.stainershield.com.

About General Data Company

General Data Company is a leading provider of specialized labeling and identification products and solutions. The company's patent-pending healthcare and laboratory identification technologies are designed to improve patient safety and care, reduce medical errors, facilitate patient administration and provide consumers with peace of mind and confidence in their health care providers. General Data is recognized as the premiere provider of integrated bar code identification and data collection products and solutions that enable businesses in a variety of industries to become more efficient and make better decisions. Founded in 1981, General Data is a privately held company with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. More information on General Data products and solutions can be found at http://www.general-data.com.

(i)Bar-coding medication administration overview and consensus recommendations Cummings et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm.2005; 62: 2626-2629.

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