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Proper Patient Identification

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24 Nov 2016 - General
 

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?

I have several similar experiences because in our institution, when the hospital is nearly full, a lot of patients will opt to get admitted at any room until their ideal room becomes available. Because of this, it is not uncommon for patients to tran...
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I really like that idea of bar codes and having to scan the patient prior to blood transfusion and other procedures. I have experienced walking into a patient's room or just going to a bed in the ward and the person on the bed is not the patient....
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Marinelle Castro I think I know that institution. The midwives attach the baby tags immediately to lessen the chance of misidentification. However, I think you are right that this practice ...
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Mark Edmon Tan I understand because a lot of hospitals in the country utilize conventional tags. Your post just reminded me of my experience during my obstetric rotation in a government ins...
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Mahmoud AbdelAziz in our institution, patients still wear tags, but these tags contain stickers with bar codes that can be scanned for confirmation. I agree that manually placed tags can c...
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Proper patient identification should be taken seriously. This avoids the risk of giving the wrong medicine or performing procedures such as blood extraction to the wrong patient. Unfortunately, our institution still uses the conventional tags with th...
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In the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, the most common is to wear tight nametags around the wrists. Usually, the identity is double checked prior to tagging by asking about name, birthday and checking the personal photo in the identification card. The pr...
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