2. 1.IDENTIFY PATIENT CORRECTLY
2.IMPROVE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
3.IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF HIGH ALERT
4.ENSURE CORRECT – SITE, CORRECT – PROCEDURE,
CORRECT – PATIENT SURGERY
5.REDUCE THE RISK OF HEALTH CARE ASSOSIATED
6.REDUCE THE RISK OF PATIENT HARM RESULTING
To ensure the correct identity of the patient at all
times and before undergoing procedures
to provide accurate identification of patients
thereby minimizing related clinical error and
4. NAME (GIVEN NAME,FATHER’S NAME, GRAND FATHER’S
NAME, & FAMILY NAME)
ASSIGNED IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
DATE OF BIRTH
MEDICAL RECORD NUMBER / CHARD NUMBER
*(PATIENT’S ROOM CANNOT BE USED AS AN
5. Patient identification must be confirmed
prior to conducting the following
Administration of medicines
Transfusion of blood and blood products
Obtaining blood and other specimens
Performing a diagnostic test
Prior to transferring/discharging a patient
Prior to carrying out any invasive procedures such as
urethral catheterization, inserting a nasogastric tube, etc.
Giving results of diagnostic tests.
6. DO’S ON PATIENT IDENTIFICATION
Do identify the patient correctly on admission.
Do ensure that you have the full forename of the patient.
Do check again with the patient that all the details are correct, when you place an
identity bracelet on.
Do regularly check the legibility of ID wristbands. Replace any ID wristbands which
Do always check the details of patients even if you think you know them well.
Someone may just have placed the wrong medication chart at the foot of the bed.
Do double check verbally and physically that the details of a patient
matches the details on a fully completed request form, especially if
another member of the healthcare team has completed the form.
Do label samples taken from the patient straight away. The safest way
is to label the bottles after the sample has been taken and before
leaving the patient’s bedside.
7. DO NOT’S ON PATIENT IDENTIFICATION
Do not read the patients details to them and allow them to passively agree with
you. Ask the patient to give you their full detail
Do not accept a patient’s pointing to the name board above their bed as a signal
that it is correct for that patient. Speak to the patient and check.
Do not take bloods from a patient without checking the patients details against a
fully completed request form.
Do not label a sample bottle before you take blood. You may get distracted
before you have completed the task.
Do not perform two tasks at the same time e.g. taking bloods from several
patients and labeling them afterwards or filling out requests forms for several
patients at the same time
Do not perform tasks remotely from the patient if at all possible. Try to fill out
request forms and complete tasks at the patients’ bedside
8. Staff responsibilities
It is the responsibility of every registered nurse,
support worker, or other member of staff who
has been given responsibility to admit a patient,
to check and ensure that:
Patient is wearing correct patient identification bands
a bracelet stating patient’s name, date of birth, hospital number/chart No.
and ward is attached to an appropriate limb
The information on the patient’s wristband must correspond with the
information in the patient’s chart.