1. Barcodes are one-dimensional – only capable of providing manufacturer SKU. Batch no., serial no. and expiration date are missing.
  2. There is no standardization in a barcode system – multiple UDI standards with constantly changing UPN numbers.
  3. Not all items have barcodes or can be tagged – staples, sutures, some orthopedic implants and bulk items do not always have a barcode label.
  4. Many incorrect data entry alerts occur in barcode systems due to missing catalog ID numbers in the database and systems constraints.
  5. Barcode systems force hospitals to use third parties to complete missing information and correct coding errors in the item master.
  6. Medical implants packaging contains multiple barcodes which makes it difficult for medical teams to know which barcode is the right one to scan.