Patient Identification

September 19, 2016 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Safe patient care starts with delivering the intended interventions to the right person. Yet, the risk of wrong-patient errors is ever-present for the multitude of patient encounters occurring daily in healthcare facilities.

Because most, if not all, wrong-patient errors are preventable, organizations can adopt strategies to ensure correct patient identification. No single strategy, however, can prevent all patient identification errors because the errors have multiple causes. An effective approach incorporates a...

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