Keep Your Surgical Instruments Tracked with Key Dots from Fairfield Labels

Effective patient care and inventory management in surgical facilities rely on the tracking of individual instruments throughout their usage, cleaning, and sterilisation cycles. That’s where Key Dots from Fairfield Labels come in, offering a cutting-edge, affordable solution for surgical instrument tracking. Let’s take a closer look at Key Dots, their benefits, and how they can be incorporated into your existing software.

What Are Key Dots?

Key dots are small, laser-engraved Datamatrix barcode labels that can be affixed directly to an instrument’s surface. Each key dot features a unique number or a hospital’s GS1 code, making it possible to track instruments throughout their lifespan. Even better, Key Dots come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the best fit for your instruments. From just 3.2mm to larger options, you’ll be able to find the right size without sacrificing space on the instrument.

Why Choose Key Dots?

Key dots are a cost-effective way to ensure that your surgical instruments are tracked accurately and efficiently. They’re designed to last up to 200 processing cycles and are crafted to withstand harsh environments and temperature conditions, making them perfect for the challenging environment of a surgical facility. What’s more, Key Dots have been thoroughly evaluated for sterility and biocompatibility by an independent medical testing laboratory and found to be safe for use on surgical instruments.

How Do Key Dots Work?

Another great advantage of Key Dots is that no specialised equipment is required to apply them to your surgical instruments. This means that application can be done on-site at your convenience, without the need for outsourcing or additional costs. The barcode labels can be easily applied by cleaning the application area on the instrument and lifting the Key Dot from its sheet using tweezers to apply it to the desired area. Then firm pressure will need to be applied before sterilising the instrument to cure the adhesive. The Key Dots can be scanned using a 2D barcode reader which links the specific instrument to a data file within your software application. Fairfield are able to provide readers to scan these small codes, providing a full solution. This saves time and effort for surgical staff, allowing them to focus on providing excellent patient care.

Integrating Key Dots into Your Tracking System

Key Doys can be integrated into most existing instrument tracking systems and integration is a straightforward process. We’re here to help every step of the way. Our team will work with you to develop a plan that suits your facility’s unique needs and helps to optimise your system with the use of Key Dots. Once implemented, you’ll be able to easily identify individual instruments and track their movements in real time, streamlining your workflow and saving your facility time and money.

The Benefits of Choosing Fairfield Labels

At Fairfield Labels, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality labels and tracking solutions to our customers. With Key Dots, you’re getting a reliable, proven product that has been thoroughly tested and evaluated by industry experts. Fairfield are a GS1 UK partner for this application. Beyond that, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and support, so you can rely on us to be there for you throughout the entire process. Whether you’re just getting started or need ongoing assistance, we’re here to help.


If you’re looking for a cost-effective and efficient way to track surgical instruments in your facility, Key Dots from Fairfield Labels are the answer. These laser-engraved labels are designed for longevity and reliability, making them the smart choice for operating rooms and surgical suites everywhere. With the ability to integrate easily into your existing systems, Key Dots can help streamline your workflow, improve patient safety, and allow you to focus on the most important thing: providing excellent care to your patients.