Proper Patient IdentificationCreated by:
Proper patient identification is one of the international patient safety goals that has been endorsed by the Joint Commission International (JCI). They recommend that hospitals should use two patient identifiers prior to administration of medications, or any form of medical service. Medical errors that result from misidentification of patients are usually catastrophic, especially if this involves drug administration. The JCI also specifically emphasized that there is a need to eliminate misidentification when it comes to blood banking. In our institution, we use the bar code and a data scanner to ensure proper identification. Patients are also asked about their names and birthdays prior to any intervention. Each patient is assigned a unique PIN, which is incorporated in the hospital's database. I believe that this practice has helped our institution in ensuring safe care for patients. How does your institution ensure correct patient identification? Do you also use a certain form of technology?