Baxa Corporation Introduces ShrinkSafe® Paralytic Identification Bands for High-Alert Medications

Baxa Corporation Introduces ShrinkSafe® Paralytic Identification Bands for High-Alert Medications

Englewood, CO (PRWEB) September 23, 2004

Baxa Corporation introduces ShrinkSafe Paralytic Identification Bands, an innovative approach to eliminating medication errors associated with paralytic agents or Neuromuscular Blocking Agents (NMBAs). ShrinkSafe ID bands are plastic sleeves specific to high-alert medications. They add a forcing function to routine administration by requiring users to remove an additional cover at the point of care. This extra safety step is instrumental in preventing serious life-threatening medication events.

“ShrinkSafe is an easy and cost-effective means to provide an extra measure of patient safety,” says Product Manager, Mark Thrasher. “Users simply slide the band over the vials and pass them through a heat tunnel. To access the vial septum, you have to break the seal.”

With ShrinkSafe, users have both a visual and a tactile alert for paralytic agents. Warm red “Warning” labels and a differentiated ‘feel’ from traditional injectable drug vials promote safe administration and facilitate compliance to the JCAHO 2004 National Patient Safety Goals.

Baxa Corporation is a leading provider of devices and systems for the preparation, handling, packaging, and administration of liquid medications. The company manufactures and markets a wide range of healthcare products for hospital and alternate-site pharmacies.

The new ShrinkSafe Identification Bands fit with Baxa Corporation’s strategy of providing pharmacy specialty products that meet the need for reducing medication errors and improving patient safety. The products are available now through Baxa Corporation and will be available shortly through medical wholesalers.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, Baxa has subsidiaries and sales offices in Canada, the United Kingdom; Denmark, and Germany; and distribution partners worldwide. Further information is available at

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Marian Robinson, Vice President, Marketing

Baxa Corporation: 800.567.2292 ext. 2157 or 303.617.2157


Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR

Absolutely Public Relations: 303.984.9801 or 303.669.3558


ShrinkSafe is a registered trademark of ShrinkSafe Systems, LLC.

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