Zebra’s Healthcare Companion Scanners Are the Ideal Nursing Tool

Scanning barcodes to capture patient, specimen and medication data is one of the best ways to ensure safe and accurate patient care. But using conventional handheld barcode scanners can be a bit cumbersome and inconvenient for nurses and technicians, especially if you have to carry and handle a bulky device or keep one tethered to a cart.

Fortunately, Zebra, a global leader in healthcare data capture and mobile computing, has created a compact and ideal solution in the form of what it calls a companion scanner.

Zebra’s companion barcode scanners are durable and enterprise-grade devices that are designed specifically for healthcare use, and they are small enough to fit in a pocket or to be worn on a lanyard.

One example is Zebra’s CS4070-HC companion scanner, which is a small, lightweight and wireless device that delivers high-performance barcode scanning with push-button simplicity. It’s small enough to be carried at all times, either tucked in a pocket or worn on a lanyard, but it’s made with durable, disinfectant-ready plastics that can withstand multiple 5-foot (1.5-meter) drops to concrete without missing a beat.

The disinfectant-ready design and IP52 sealing help prevent the spread of dangerous germs, allowing safe wipe-downs with a variety of harsh chemicals for regular cleaning.

The scanner itself is powered by Zebra’s advanced scanning engine and algorithms, which allow nurses and lab technicians to instantly capture virtually any 1D or 2D barcode in any condition, even if it’s smudged, dirty, poorly printed, or it’s being shown on an electronic screen.

The CS4070-HC also has day and night “do not disturb” modes where you can choose from a visual green light or red light as well as between haptic vibration or an audible tone for scanning result feedback.

Since the device is designed specifically for healthcare settings, it also includes battery technology that delivers full 12-hour shift scanning, and the battery is field replaceable and can be easily changed on the go. An LED battery indicator lets you know when a battery change is going to be needed, and you can just swap in a freshly charged battery for continuous power.

Zebra has also introduced a new series of healthcare companion scanners with its CS60-HC device. It’s lightweight and ultra-compact scanner that delivers corded, cordless, and hands-free presentation scanning wherever you need it.

Like the CS4070-HC, the CS60-HC pairs easily with other mobile devices with the tap of a button and foolproof Bluetooth and NFC technology. It also has a high-resolution megapixel sensor and Zebra’s exclusive PRZM Intelligent Imaging for incredibly fast and accurate decoding of barcodes on patient wristbands, medical vials, IV bags, specimen trays and more.

You can tuck the CS60-HC in a scrub pocket, wear it on a lanyard, or use it as a hands-free presentation scanner on a mobile cart or an in-room workstation. It delivers total mobile freedom with cordless and tether-free scanning, plus the ability to use a USB converter for corded operation when desired.

The CS60-HC also features an enhanced design for even better safety, with specialized disinfectant-ready plastics, improved IP65 sealing, a monocoque design, and inductive touch buttons to eliminate places where germs can hide. It also enables safe wipe-downs with the widest selection of aggressive healthcare disinfectants.

Also, thanks to a highly visible and green LED aimer for safety, the CS60-HC can be used in clinical areas where laser aimers aren’t advised.

Either one of the Zebra’s companion scanners is a great, convenient and effective tool to help streamline and improve nursing and laboratory workflows. It all depends on the level of scanning or imaging capabilities you need, as well as the safety features and flexibility you might prefer for your use case.

Our healthcare customers who use these devices rave about them and just how compact, reliable and durable they are for their nurses and staff. So, we certainly give Zebra’s companion scanners our highest recommendation.

To learn more about these devices and get full specs, a price quote and more details, contact our team at Tri-State Business Systems now, and we’ll be happy to help.