My institution (teritiary care, Level IIIc NICU) is moving to scanning for med administration soon. I have been charged with the task of polling other NICU's to find out how you all "really" do it.
I know ideally you are to affix a barcoded ID band directly on the patient and scan that. However, we all also know that reaching scanner wands into incubators isn't the easiest thing to do, we also know the itty bitty ones generally don't have ID bands placed on their bodies, etc. Additionally you don't want to unwrap a sleeping infant to get to their ID band on their ankle.
So what do you all *really* do?
Do you actually scan the ID band that is on the baby's body? If so, where do you place the band? Do you always place it on the wrist?
Do you have an extra ID that you affix to the end of the bed that you scan?
Do you have a certain type of ID band that may have more of a "luggage tag" appearance that you make sure is hanging out of the blanket when you wrap the infant?
Do you place your ID bands on the connector for the Pulse Ox or ECG leads?
Do you print out some scannable sheet and tape it to the front of the bed and scan that?
Thank you VERY much for your responses!