Office Practicum supports barcode scanners as an input mechanism for vaccine inventory and administration. This page describes the general process and tells you which scanners are supported and how to program them. Follow the links at the bottom to learn how to use the scanner for inventory and administration tasks.
Supported Barcode Scanners
If you have ever purchased anything in a store, you should be familiar with barcode scanners. But not all scanners are appropriate for medical applications. After evaluating numerous models and manufacturers, Office Practicum has decided to support the DataLogic Gryphon GD4400 HC series. This handheld scanner is designed for medical use. The housing is constructed of antimicrobial plastic, and it is sealed for regular disinfection. Depending on the physical configuration of your nursing station, it can be used in either hand-held or stand mode, and you can choose between a corded or wireless Bluetooth model. Learn more at the DataLogic website.
Here is a list of the typical part numbers you will need:
- DataLogic Gryphon GD4400-HC 2D (Corded Model)
- DataLogic Gryphon GM4400-HC 2D (USB Wireless Model)
- DataLogic Gryphon GBT4400-HC 2D (Wireless Bluetooth Model)
Programming The Barcode Scanner
Before you can use your barcode scanner with Office Practicum, you must assemble and program it. Unbox the scanner and USB cable. Slide the "big" end of the USB cable into the bottom of the scanner until it clicks and stays attached. Plug the other end of the cable into any open USB port on your computer. The lights in the head of the scanner will flash momentarily, and you should see messages on the screen that a new device has been detected and is being installed. When you see a message that the new hardware is ready to use, you can proceed to the next step.
Programming the scanner is a simple matter of scanning a sequence of barcodes, which will also give you good practice for regular use. Download and print the Office Practicum Barcode Scanner Programming sheet. It may be tempting to try to simply read them off the screen, but many screens throw too much glare for the scanner to pick up reliably. Follow the instructions on the sheet. At a minimum, you must program the section related to "guard" characters; otherwise Office Practicum will not be able to distinguish between keyboard and scanner input. (You would still see numbers on the screen, but the program would not be able to do anything interesting with them.) If you are planning to use a stand and want to use the scanner in "hands-free" mode while it is resting in the stand, you should also program that section.
Notice that the scanner gives positive feedback for each successful swipe. If you accidentally skip a step or scan two codes out of sequence you can reset to factory defaults, then start over.
Now that you have successfully attached and programmed your scanner, you can proceed to managing vaccine inventory and performing vaccine administration.