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Healthcare Labels

The healthcare sector is made up of hospitals, nursing homes, medical and dental practices, complementary medicine and other healthcare activities, such as medical laboratories services and pharmacies, across a range of organisations within the public, private and voluntary sectors

Labelling in healthcare is important to clearly identify items, whether tracking a patients test on a slide label or ensuring surgical equipment has been tracked through an autoclave process.

Healthcare labels are typically chemical resistant and with the right label material can withstand: Xylene, Toluene, DMSO, Ethanol, Freezer (-80°C), Autoclave (+121°C).

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  • Pharmacy Labels
  • Blood Bag Labels
  • Autoclave Labels
  • Conical Labels
  • Vial Labels
  • Well Plate Labels

Pharmacy Labels

Pre-printed and customised or blank pharmacy labels for use in all pharmacies, whether for a hospital, independent or chain.

Pharmacy labels are direct thermal labels with a permanent adhesive and can be stuck to bags, boxes and containers. Usually supplied pre-printed one colour with the pharmacy details, the label can then be overprinted using a thermal label printer with the relevant information.

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Pharmacy labels can be used to identify contents of boxes and containers and layout clear instructions for the patient on dosage and frequency, as well as the patient's name and contents. Labels can also have fields for signature of initials to identify the person who dispensed and checked the contents.

Pharmacy labels can be pre-printed in a range of different designs unique to your pharmacy or can be supplied blank for you to print all details on, typically supplied 70 x 35mm. Click on the button for a free quote for your pharmacy labels. Please note when placing orders we can provide credit accounts for hospitals, doctors surgeries & pharmacies.

Material Choices:

  • Direct thermal – Thermal paper labels for short term use, very limited resistance to marking or smudging and contact should be avoided with moisture, oil and fats.
  • Top coated direct thermal – Offers a protective surface coat on one side ensuring the labels are durable against marking, resist fading in sunlight and are smudge-proof, solvent and grease resistant.

Printing Choices:

  • Blank – Allows you to print all the details that you require on the label in a black print.
  • Pre-printed – Allows you to have colour printed on the label as well as black print, e.g. traditional green printed pharmacy cross logo, address, chemist’s details and check box for dispensed by and checked by initials.

Typical Pharmacy Label Formats:

Blood Bag Labels


Pre-printed and customised or blank blood bag labels for use in hospitals and laboratories.

Blood bag labelling is one of the most important applications for barcoding matching blood to patients, providing an audit trail and reducing errors. Labels can be printed at the point of issue using a desktop label printer and scanned by a barcode scanner connected to a computer, handheld terminal or PDA.

Blood bag labels can be printed with 1D or 2D barcodes depending on the amount of information needed to be encoded within a given space. A 2D barcode can not only contain the patient ID, also the patient name, blood group and consultant etc.

Slide Labels

Slide labels for use in the laboratory help avoid confusing slides and reduce human error.  These slide labels are resistant to harsh chemicals and have a permanent adhesive to ensure they are not easily removed in a busy laboratory environment.

Slide label materials can be:

  • Metallised polyester
  • White polyester

Slide labels are extremely resistant to harsh chemicals, but still have write on capabilities for any extra information that needs to be added.

Chemical resistance that will withstand:

  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • DMSO
  • Ethanol
  • Freezer (-80°C) 
  • Autoclave (+121°C).

Although doctors / scientists can gather information in other ways, often the only way to understand what is going on is to look at cells under a microscope which is why slides are needed.

Autoclave Labels

Autoclave labels are used to track surgical instruments through a steam sterilisation process needed in hospitals. The labels can withstand high temperatures and pressure exceeding the 5 bar / 132 degrees they are subject to into the sterilisation process.

There are two main ways autoclave labels can be used:

  • Bulk Sterilisation - surgical instruments are stored in stainless steel trays and wrapped with anti-microbial cloth. The labels are stuck to the cloth, the trays are then stacked on trolleys and processed in industrial sterilisation systems. The labels are subject to high temperatures and steam, they need to have soft and aggressive adhesive to remain stuck to the cloth.
  • Supplemental Packs - surgical instruments are stored in an envelope with a label stuck to the outside. Packs are stored together before putting into a sterilisation unit. Using less effective label materials can sometime cause the print on the labels to ghost onto other labels when packs face each other.

AM Labels has sourced a cost effective labelling material and adhesive and strong resistant resin ribbon to suit both these applications, hardy enough to stay stuck to packs and cloth, effective enough for the print to remain on the label. These labels can be made to suit the size needed and with or without lift off tabs. AM Labels can also supply indicator labels where a indicator spot on the label changes colour when it has been through the sterilisation process. The labels can be supplied on 25 or 76mm cores to fit desktop and industrial printers. 

Conical Labels

The material used for conical labels has an extremely low profile construction, this stops the bottle from jamming in the centrifuge or racking.In the harshest of conditions the labels adhesive ensures that the label stays in tact. The label also has a clear tail that can be wrapped over text for added protection from solvents.

Suitable label materials for conical labels:

  • Self-laminating polyester
  • Matt white nylon cloth
  • Self-laminating vinyl

With the permanent adhesion and amazing chemical resistance the label can resist Xylenel, Toluene, DMSO, Ethanol, IPA, Freezer (-80°C) and Autoclave (+121°C). They can also be used in liquid nitrogen providing the label is slightly overlapped.

Suggested uses within the hospital / laboratory environment include: 

  • Conical labels
  • Bottle labels
  • Petri dish labels
  • Deep well plate labels

Vial Labels

Vial labels provide maximum quality, endurance, and resistance against UV exposure, chemicals, solvents, abrasion, and extreme temperatures within a laboratory  environment.

Extreme permanent adhesion and amazing chemical resistance means they can resist:

  • Liquid nitrogen (-196°C) 
  • Hot water bath (+100°C)
  • Freezer (-80°C) 
  • Autoclave (+121°C)

The labels low-profile construction  prevents vials from jamming in the centrifuge or racks. Vial labels can also be used in liquid nitrogen if the label is able to slightly overlap itself. They Stick in the harshest conditions, and the clear tail can be wrapped over text for added protection from solvents. 

Suggested uses within the hospital / laboratory environment include:

  • Vial labels
  • Centrifuge labels
  • Eppendorf  labels
  • PCR Tube labels

Well Plate Labels

Well plate labels allow you to effectively label and identify well plate specimens, decreasing human error. The label material can perform in the very harshest laboratory environments, it provides permanent adhesion so there is no risk of them peeling off or becoming damaged.

Label materials include:

  • Glossy White Permanent Polyester
  • Matt White Permanent Polyester

Although the material has an extreme chemical resistance, it also has the capability to write on any extra information.

Chemical resistance that will withstand:

  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • DMSO
  • Ethanol
  • Freezer (-80°C) 
  • Autoclave (+121°C)
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