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3 Risky Tourniquet Hacks You’ll Never Need to Use Again

Author: ERin Robinson (Territory Development Manager)

You’ve heard the term “hack” before. Miriam Webster defines a hack as a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently. In fact, there are companies that have been founded with the mission of creating content like “50 Simple Remodeling Hacks to Completely Transform Your Home” and “45 Kitchen Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner”. While I’m sure you’ve used hacks like the ones mentioned above to make your life easier, wouldn’t you agree that these do-it-yourself tips and tricks are best kept in your home and garden, rather than your medical care?

Below are 3 disposable tourniquet hacks that we’ve encountered over the years. Each of these hacks are associated with known patient safety risks, or at best, can lead to patient discomfort. Fortunately, we’ve worked with healthcare facilities for decades to create safe and effective solutions so that you’ll never need to ”hack” your disposable tourniquets again!

 

Hack #1: Tying 2 Adult Tourniquets Together for Bariatric Patients

PlatinumCode Solution: The standard length of adult tourniquets is 18 inches, but body types vary wildly. Unfortunately, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach doesn’t work in healthcare, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a disposable tourniquet that fits each patient. Instead of tying two tourniquets together, potentially causing physical and emotional discomfort for the patient, use a longer, wider band like our 32 inch long Bariatric Tourniquet to respectfully accommodate the patient.

Hack #2: Cutting a Tourniquet in Half for Pediatric Patients

PlatinumCode Solution: As mentioned above, patients come in many shapes and sizes. A standard disposable tourniquet is often too large for pediatric patients and the most common “tourniquet hack” in the industry (cutting a tourniquet in half) is used to solve this problem. By using a single-use, disposable tourniquet that was made with pediatric patients in mind, you can use a band that is slightly narrower at 0.75 inches, and only 12 inches long. It’s the perfect size for pediatric patients, from toddlers to school-aged children! Cutting scissors out of this process (pun intended) not only saves time, but also eliminates the risk of introducing bacteria to the tourniquet, and subsequently the patient.

Hack #3: Using Rubber Bands or Gloves for Infant Patients

PlatinumCode Solution: The most shocking tourniquet hack I’ve ever heard of is using rubber bands in place of tourniquets for the littlest patients of all: infants. Not only was it hard to hear, but I could tell it was hard for the clinician to share. Beyond the use of rubber bands, I’ve heard from care providers that the fingertip cut from an exam glove also makes a ‘great’ substitute in a pinch. Instead, why not use a tourniquet made with tiny patients in mind, like PlatinumCode Infant Tourniquets? Not only are these tourniquets soft in texture and ready-made for tiny limbs, but you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination from scissors, potential latex allergies from other materials, or the risk of a leave-on accident due to non-tourniquet materials blending in.

Given the fact that hacks are meant to improve efficiency, maybe the real hack is using products that do all the work for you? With a specialty size tourniquet for every class of patient, we’ve made your new tourniquet hacks safe, efficient, and easy.

Do you want to test out this new hack free of charge? Simply request samples of any of our non-latex disposable tourniquets via the form below and we’ll send some out! 

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Risk Communication and PPE: How Facilities Are Protecting Healthcare Workers

Over the past two months, most industries have been flipped on their heads and healthcare is no exception. To manage the spread of coronavirus, face-to-face interactions have slowed or halted. Elective procedures have been postponed, primary care appointments have been moved to a telemedicine model when possible, and hospital visitors have been heavily restricted. Conversely, for healthcare staff working on the front lines of the pandemic, things are far busier if not chaotic in some regions. Workers are now operating in environments that pose a greater threat to their own health and run the risk of becoming overburdened due to the outbreak. In response to this “new world,” health systems have quickly adapted to rapidly changing environments with new procedures and policies and have shifted their purchasing efforts to secure enough PPE (personal protective equipment) for front line workers.

It’s a rapidly changing landscape to be sure. Almost daily, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are releasing updates to help facilities address coronavirus risks and PPE supply shortages. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services declared that during the course of the COVID-19 outbreak, an EUA (emergency use authorization) would apply to personal respiratory protective devices1, such as face masks2 and face shields3. The CDC has recommended that all facilities in the US implement PPE contingency strategies immediately, including reprocessing PPE, extending the use of products such as face masks beyond contact with a single patient, and, if commercial PPE is unavailable, utilizing alternative products that will reduce exposure4.

At PlatinumCode, we’ve listened to countless stories describing the challenges that healthcare facilities are facing every day during the outbreak. From visitors trying to sneak into regulated areas so that they can see loved ones, to front line workers using garbage bags as protective gowns, these stories have resonated deeply with us. While we can’t join the front lines of the pandemic, we are trying to respond in any way we can to support our customers during these challenging times.

We are sourcing additional PPE products to get them to the front lines faster. In addition to nitrile gloves, PlatinumCode has established a supply chain for other PPE items, such as face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer. Many other countries are facing the same challenges as we are in the United States, so sourcing these products in a high-demand, global marketplace has not been possible for many of our customers. Our operations teams have leveraged their deep understanding of supply chain and their connections in the global economy to find these products and get them quickly into the hands of our customers. We are staying up-to-date on the latest guidelines to ensure that these products qualify for the EUA or meet infection control recommendations5.

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We have established standard alert products to align with customer risk communication protocols. With these new protocols, patients who are exhibiting symptoms are asked to call and complete a COVID questionnaire over the phone before going to the hospital. All patients and visitors are required to undergo a COVID screening upon check-in, often including temperature checks. At many facilities, entrances are restricted to a single patient/visitor entrance and a single staff entrance, where staff are undergoing similar screening protocols. If a patient, visitor, or staff member screens positive as a risk during the COVID screening, protocols are in place to assess exposure for all employees, to isolate and test that person, and to communicate any potential risks. Some of the common ways in which these risks are being communicated include:

  • Color-coded wristbands for visitor and patient screening
  • Visitor sticker badges and color-coded labels for staff badges
  • Signs and decals to identify quarantine and isolation rooms
  • Lab labels for COVID-19 specimen testing that comply with CDC labeling requirements6

Shop COVID-19 ID Products

 

Whether your challenge is sourcing PPE products, finding off-the-shelf communication solutions, or something else entirely, if PlatinumCode can help, we will. Just call us at 952-890-7100 and our teams are ready to support you!

References:

  1. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/emergency-use-authorizations#covid19ppe
  2. https://www.fda.gov/media/137121/download
  3. https://www.fda.gov/media/136842/download
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html
  6. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html

 

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Medical

How to Select a Wristband for Your Healthcare Needs

As COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, solutions that support the ever-growing workload of your healthcare facility are critical. Platinum Code is here to quickly provide you with cost-effective wristbands and labels that you need at this overwhelming time. We have a variety of color-coded options for screening and triage, patient admitting, and COVID-19 testing.

Author: Ray Bernard (Director, Inside Sales & Customer Service at PlatinumCode)

Patient ID Bands… I know what you may be thinking, “So what?” While it’s true that patient ID bands tend to be looked upon as a simple commodity product used to identify patients, it can be argued that patient ID bands are one of the most important things that ever come in contact with a patient during their hospital stay. 

It’s a sobering fact that the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer, is medical errors.1 While not all of them are tied to misidentified patients, a significant amount of these medical errors are related to patient IDs and 100% of them are preventable.2

Fortunately, providers can easily avoid patient ID errors by following proper process combined with the correct ID band.  As a leading supplier of patient ID bands in the U.S., PlatinumCode offers a wide variety of quality solutions.  Experience tells us that providers looking to make a change tend to fall into 2 categories:

  1. Providers who have already chosen a band that works for them but are either paying too much or having quality/service issues.
  2. Providers concerned the band they are using isn’t meeting their need and/or they have experienced patient safety issues relating to proper patient identification.

The first provider category is simple to resolve.  PlatinumCode carries a wide variety of quality wristbands.  Ranging from traditional poly or vinyl bands to high-tech laser and direct thermal bands. We offer free samples for our customers to confirm quality and usability, guarantee customer satisfaction, and can provide savings of up to 30%!

The second provider category is a little more complex, but PlatinumCode has a proven needs assessment to ensure all facility requirements are captured.

Click here to take our needs assessment survey.

Depending on your answers to these questions, PlatinumCode can recommend the perfect ID band option to meet your needs, including:

Laser Bands – Known for their convenience, laser bands have become the band of choice for thousands of providers. The wristband is integrated into an 8.5”x11” sheet that typically includes chart labels that remain in the patient chart after the wristband is removed and attached to the patient.

Direct Thermal Bands – Another popular choice among healthcare providers, this band is a favorite due to low cost and high-print quality. Direct Thermal bands do not require toner, ink or ribbons to print. Instead, specially-treated materials use heat to create a clear and durable image. 

Vinyl or Poly Bands – Also known as the “classic,” these ID bands have been used successfully in healthcare for decades. Available in a variety of styles including:

  1. Shield or Fold-Over (provides a mylar overlay protecting patient data)
  2. Write-On
  3. Imprinter
  4. Insert

Tyvek Bands – A favorite for outpatient use, these bands provide a simple and easy solution ideal for outpatient surgery centers or other situations where the patient needs to be banded for a short period of time.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us or visit our website at www.platinumcode.us.

 

References:

  1. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/medical-errors-are-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us
  2. Dale, J. C., & Renner, S. W. (1997). Wristband Errors in Small Hospitals: A College of American Pathologists’ Q-Probes Study of Quality Issues in Patient Identification. Laboratory Medicine, 28(3), 203–207. doi: 10.1093/labmed/28.3.203
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Medical

4 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines patient safety as

“the absence of preventable harm to a patient and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum”.1  

Healthcare institutes such as WHO or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have policies and best practices that caregivers should follow to ensure that the risks of patient harm are reduced to the lowest possible level. At PlatinumCode, our mission is to build better futures for our customers and their patients by manufacturing and supplying products that support these important patient safety initiatives. Over the past three decades, we have collaborated with health systems around the nation to provide solutions that reduce risks of infection transmission, patient mis-identification, and human error. Here are four ways that our customers use these products to protect their patients:

Use single-use, disposable products to reduce cross-infection and cross-contamination. 80% of infections are transmitted through touch2, so there is an added risk of cross-infection from patient-to-patient for every product that is used to treat multiple patients. At a time of a global disease pandemic, the best practice of using single-use products when treating patients is particularly important. In addition to the risks of patient infection and contamination, we understand that health systems must consider other factors when deciding between a reusable or a disposable product, such as cost and environmental impact. Fortunately, PlatinumCode has a variety of disposable tourniquets and individually-wrapped, single-use cohesive bandages that not only address risk of cross-infection, but that are cost-effective and non-latex.

Reduce environmental factors that can contribute to mistakes in patient care. When tourniquets are left in place for too long, you risk hemolysis and damage to the blood sample, or worse, significant injury can occur to the patient in the form of circulatory, neurological, vascular, and muscular damage3. The most common cause for these forgotten tourniquet incidences is due to environment-related factors, such as the tourniquet being found under gowns and healthcare drapes4. So, what can you do to prevent these unfortunate mistakes? You can make sure that your tourniquets stand out and get noticed in a sea of monochrome or muted colors typically used in healthcare. By using brightly colored tourniquets, caregivers are more likely to notice a tourniquet and remove it at the appropriate time.

Ensure that identification labels and wristbands will not fall off specimens and patients. PlatinumCode has tamper-evident wristbands that are designed to stay in place so that your patients are always identified correctly during their stay. Just as important as accurate patient identification is the identification of patients’ laboratory samples. These samples are subjected to a variety of harsh environmental conditions during the analytical phase of testing, including extreme temperatures, steam, and radiation. To ensure that a patient sample is always identified correctly, it is imperative that the label be fully adhered to every specimen and display a clear barcode. If sample identification is compromised, delays in diagnosis or incorrect diagnoses may result. PlatinumCode cryogenic labels are made from a label stock that provides excellent barcode visibility and an adhesive that remains attached to the sample in the harshest environments.

Utilize automation to reduce human errors in redundant tasks. It’s no secret that redundant and monotonous tasks are prone to increases in human errors. The best way to address mistakes that occur during these repetitive processes is to automate them using technology. Kairos ID Automated Tube Labeling Systems are designed to automate repetitive phlebotomy tasks and help to ensure a patient-to-specimen match through a closed loop confirmation. By virtually eliminating all labeling errors, including missing, wrinkled, or crooked labels, this automation technology can help to prevent delays in or incorrect diagnoses.

To learn more about our products to protect your patients, click here.

 

References:

1. About us. (2018, March 21). Retrieved from https://www.who.int/patientsafety/about/en/
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Quick Reference Guide for Public Information on Infection Control.
protocol. Revista De Enfermagem Referência, IV Série (17), 143–148. doi: 10.12707/riv17104
3. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Forgotten But Not Gone: Tourniquets Left on Patients. http://patientsafety.pa.gov/ADVISORIES/documents/200506_19.pdf
4. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. The Forgotten Tourniquet – An Update. http://patientsafety.pa.gov/ADVISORIES/documents/201603_32.pdf

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PlatinumCode Awarded Supplier Agreement for Phlebotomy Tourniquets by Vizient

Minneapolis, MN – February 26, 2020   IPC, LLC DBA PlatinumCode announces they have been awarded a three-year agreement for Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. Effective March 1, 2020, Vizient members will have access to increased savings on phlebotomy tourniquets offered by PlatinumCode.

With this agreement, PlatinumCode will be the first manufacturer to offer tourniquets as part of Vizient’s Pediatric Program, which will provide members with opportunities for added savings on pediatric and infant tourniquets. PlatinumCode will also be the supplier of Novaplus® tourniquets. Novaplus is Vizient’s private-label program that offers cost savings on a wide range of high quality, high-demand supplies for Vizient members.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide our extensive line of tourniquets to Vizient members and admire the numerous ways that Vizient seeks to add value for their diverse membership and customer base,”

said Kacie Hilliard, Director of Outside Sales.

“In working with thousands of healthcare facilities nationwide over the past 30 years, we have made it our goal to provide solutions that increase patient safety and improve the patient experience. Single-use tourniquets help to reduce the risk of cross-infection and bright color options ensure that tourniquets stand out in monochrome healthcare environments to reduce leave-on accidents. Additionally, our specialty-sized tourniquets were designed for patients of all sizes to provide the right mechanical properties required for successful venipuncture. We are excited to officially be a Vizient-contracted supplier and offer these phlebotomy solutions along with added value opportunities through Novaplus and the Pediatric Program.”

 

About PlatinumCode

PlatinumCode is a leading manufacturer of labels, tourniquets, and related supplies for the healthcare industry.  PlatinumCode was the first company to launch brightly colored tourniquets to reduce leave-on accidents. Tourniquets are manufactured by PlatinumCode in Asia and PlatinumCode South America in Argentina on state-of-the-art, proprietary equipment. For more information about PlatinumCode, please visit www.platinumcode.us.

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PlatinumCode Once Again Donates Five Percent of Pink Product’s Profits to Support Breast Cancer Research

For the fourth year in a row the Breast Cancer Research Fund will receive five percent of profits from the sale of PlatinumCode’s pink products

MINNEAPOLIS, November 15, 2016 – PlatinumCode, a leading manufacturer and supplier of specimen identification and collection products for the healthcare industry, announced September 12, 2016 that they had committed five percent of their profits on the sale of eligible pink products to support breast cancer awareness. In making the announcement, PlatinumCode launched various marketing efforts to help support the cause, resulting in a boost in the sale of pink items.

As of Tuesday, November 1, PlatinumCode confirmed the donation would nearly double what it was in 2015 to their charity of choice, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“Our team has done an amazing job exceeding the customers needs and expectations during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said PlatinumCode Sales Manager, Ray Bernard, “Our customers are absolutely amazing – they helped us to reach a contribution level of nearly double what it was in 2015.”

PlatinumCode chose to once again donate to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a foundation focused on providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation currently directs 91 cents of every dollar towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

“The decision to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation was easy,” said PlatinumCode Chief Revenue Officer, Ron Griffith, “We are proud to support such an amazing Foundation, and we are so excited to have nearly doubled our donation from 2015.”

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis, and survivorship.

For more information about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please visit www.bcrfcure.org. 

About PlatinumCode

PlatinumCode offers a wide range of identification and collection products for the healthcare facility including specially designed labels for laboratory, pharmacy, and hospital information systems, instrumentation media, specimen transport products, bright-colored, non-latex tourniquet bands and cohesive bandages. Headquartered in Minneapolis, PlatinumCode serves thousands of clinical laboratories, hospitals and medical centers across the United States. PlatinumCode is expanding product lines and distribution in response to customer requirements.

For more information about PlatinumCode, please visit www.platinumcode.us.

 

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PlatinumCode Announces Future Product Expansion of Healthcare Wristbands

New wristbands will aim to meet the increasing needs of admissions departments and the clinical laboratory

MINNEAPOLIS AND PHILADELPHIA, August 2, 2016 – PlatinumCode, a leading manufacturer and supplier of specimen identification and collection products for the healthcare industry, announced today at the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo taking place August 2 – 4 at the Philadelphia Convention Center, that it has plans to expand their line of wristbands catering to admissions departments and the clinical laboratory. PlatinumCode seeks to create a full suite of wristband offerings featuring a variety of materials, uses, and sizes.

“PlatinumCode will continue to provide labels and clinical laboratory products – our customers appreciate the quality, customer service, and dedication – but they are in need of more options for facilities, specifically wristbands for admitting departments,” explained Steve Griffith, PlatinumCode’s Chief Operating Officer, “Our expansion will include multiple colors, comfort options, and even accessories to indicate an alert.”

PlatinumCode currently offers alert, insert, Tyvek ®, cover seal, Zebra Z-Band ® and cartridges, laser, and direct thermal wristbands. The expansion will include, but not be limited to: alert accessories, PVC insert, foam infant, write-on, mother/infant, additional direct thermal, and additional laser wristbands.

“With the popularity and growth of our existing line of wristbands, we are committed to delivering more options to our growing customer base,” Ron Griffith, PlatinumCode’s Chief Revenue Officer, stated, “We are confident that this expansion will prove beneficial for many admissions departments and clinical laboratories.”

PlatinumCode plans to announce the official launch in Fall of 2016. For more information on PlatinumCode wristbands, please call 888.446.9965, or visit www.platinumcode.us.

About PlatinumCode

PlatinumCode offers a wide range of identification and collection products for the healthcare facility including specially designed labels for laboratory and hospital information systems, instrumentation media, specimen transport products, bright-colored, non-latex tourniquet bands, and cohesive bandages. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with warehouse locations across the United States, PlatinumCode serves thousands of clinical laboratories, hospitals and medical centers in the United States.

For more information about PlatinumCode, please visit www.platinumcode.us.

Alyssa Meier, Marketing Manager

PlatinumCode

888.446.9965

alyssa.meier@platinumcode.us

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PlatinumCode Purchases New Label Press

PlatinumCode Purchased Seven-Color Mark Andy Press to Increase Label Production and Expand Offerings

MINNEAPOLIS, February 3, 2016 – PlatinumCode, a leading manufacturer and supplier of specimen identification and collection products for the healthcare industry, announced today that they have begun production of labels on an all-new Mark Andy label press. The new label press joins the lineup of other state-of-the-art presses in their nearly 35,000 square foot Minneapolis facility.

“We have now completed our installation, and production has begun,” Steve Griffith, PlatinumCode’s Chief Operating Officer, stated, “and already we have seen the benefits of another press – our output on the press is quadruple of other presses, and the print speed is up to 500 feet per minute.”

The purchase of the Mark Andy press will give PlatinumCode the ability to print a wider variety of labels and cater to more hospital’s and clinical lab’s needs.

“We are always on the lookout for ways to increase our productivity and offerings while keeping a high level of quality, so an investment in a press that can produce any label our customers can dream up, was a perfect fit.” Griffith stated, “The press we purchased will primarily be used for custom printed labels.”

The new press will allow PlatinumCode to continue to grow and expand their Minneapolis facility by adding more stocked labels and more employees.

“We have hit our growth targets year after year and we are excited to have another tool to assist with that,” Ron Griffith, PlatinumCode’s Chief Revenue Officer, stated, “and with all of our presses and employees under one roof in Minnesota, we feel confident that we can provide not only the highest quality, but the absolute best service and turnaround times.” 

About PlatinumCode

PlatinumCode offers a wide range of identification and collection products for the healthcare facility including specially designed labels for laboratory and hospital information systems, instrumentation media, specimen transport products, bright-colored, non-latex tourniquet bands, and cohesive bandages. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with warehouse locations across the United States, PlatinumCode serves thousands of clinical laboratories, hospitals, and medical centers in the United States.

For more information about PlatinumCode, please visit www.platinumcode.us.

Alyssa Meier, Marketing Manager

PlatinumCode

888.446.9965

alyssa.meier@platinumcode.us

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PlatinumCode Donates Five Percent of Pink Product’s Profits to Support Breast Cancer Research

For the third year in a row the Breast Cancer Research Fund will receive five percent of profits from the sale of PlatinumCode’s pink products

MINNEAPOLIS, November 5, 2015 – PlatinumCode, a leading manufacturer and supplier of specimen identification and collection products for the healthcare industry, announced in September, 2015 that they had committed five percent of their profits on the sale of eligible pink products to support breast cancer awareness. In making the announcement, PlatinumCode launched various marketing efforts to help support the cause, resulting in a boost in the sale of pink items.

As of Friday, October 31, PlatinumCode indicated that they anticipated a larger donation than they originally expected to PlatinumCode’s charity of choice, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“Our team has been working hard to get pink supplies to our customers,” said PlatinumCode Sales Manager, Ray Bernard, “and our customers are thrilled to be part of such a great cause.”

PlatinumCode chose to once again donate to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a foundation focused on providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation currently directs 91 cents of every dollar towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

“The decision to once again donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation was easy,” said PlatinumCode Chief Revenue Officer, Ron Griffith, “For a third year in a row, we have the confidence that our donation will be put to good use, and this year, a generous donor is matching all donations.”

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis, and survivorship.

For more information about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please visit www.bcrfcure.org.

About PlatinumCode

PlatinumCode offers a wide range of identification and collection products for the healthcare facility including specially designed labels for laboratory and hospital information systems, instrumentation media, specimen transport products, bright-colored, non-latex tourniquet bands and cohesive bandages. Headquartered in Minneapolis, PlatinumCode serves thousands of clinical laboratories, hospitals and medical centers across the United States. PlatinumCode is broadening product lines and distribution in response to customer requirements.

For more information about PlatinumCode, please visit www.platinumcode.us.

Alyssa Meier, Marketing Manager

PlatinumCode

888.446.9965

alyssa.meier@platinumcode.us

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PlatinumCode Launches New Responsive E-Commerce Website

PlatinumCode’s new website aims to capture more than just desktop users with a fully responsive design built on one of the most powerful e-commerce platforms

MINNEAPOLIS, May 7, 2015 – PlatinumCode, a leading manufacturer and supplier of specimen identification and collection products for the healthcare industry, announced today that it has officially launched a new fully responsive, e-commerce website. According to Marty Griffith, PlatinumCode’s President, the new website is perfectly aligned with the company’s brand and strategic vision for growth in the years to come.

“We are a 25-year old company, yet we recognized the need to keep innovating and to bring forth a better platform for our customers to make more educated purchases,” Griffith explained, “and we believe our new website will help achieve just that.”

The new PlatinumCode website offers a clean, cutting edge design, with product-specific landing pages that speak to the features and benefits of the product, as well as the variety of packaging options the customer has. The site, built on one of the most advanced and respected e-commerce platforms, gives existing customers the ability to manage their online accounts, quickly re-order items they have previously ordered, track orders, request quotes, and request free samples. For the potential customers, the site gives in depth descriptions of products lines to assist in making even more educated purchases. In addition to creating a new account, potential customers will also have the ability to request quotes and request free samples.

“PlatinumCode’s vision for the site was to have a strong focus on educating and a secondary focus on e-commerce,” Ron Griffith, PlatinumCode’s Chief Revenue Officer, stated, “We have seen so many sites, including our previous site, that simply listed healthcare products without providing the actual benefits that patients and healthcare employees will see, which is not typically what healthcare professionals trust in making purchasing decisions.”

The new website is fully responsive, which means that the site automatically adjusts its size depending on the device being used, whether the user is using a desktop PC, mobile phone, or tablet.

“Although our traffic is primarily visiting our site using a PC, we have seen an increase in traffic using phones and tablets,” said Ron Griffith, “and a responsive site will allow for the growth of that traffic to have a better overall site experience, which is extremely valuable to us.”

The launch of the website has also come at a milestone year for PlatinumCode, as they celebrate their 25th year in business this year.

“We opened our doors in 1990 as Interstate Paper Company, selling strictly paper and labels. We have definitely come a long way in 25 years, adding new product lines, re-branding, building our sales team, and now launching what we believe will be an amazing sales tool,” Marty Griffith said.

To view the site, please visit: www.platinumcode.us

About PlatinumCode

PlatinumCode offers a wide range of identification and collection products for the healthcare facility including specially designed labels for laboratory and hospital information systems, instrumentation media, specimen transport products, bright-colored, non-latex tourniquet bands and cohesive bandages. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with warehouse locations in Toledo, Portland and Los Angeles, PlatinumCode serves thousands of clinical laboratories, hospitals and medical centers across the United States.

For more information about PlatinumCode, please visit www.platinumcode.us.

Alyssa Meier, Marketing Manager

PlatinumCode

888.446.9965

alyssa.meier@platinumcode.us