National Patient Safety Goals
Identifying Patients safely
One main component of any valuable patient safety program is accurate and safe patient identification. For a person to receive proper care, the facility they choose must be able to identify them correctly at every level of their care. Some healthcare workers tend to not repeatedly check a patient for at least two identifying markers, which lead to an amazing number of patients receiving improper care, delayed care, or at worst case death, because they were improperly identified by healthcare workers. There is no way to measure the amount of emotional impact that a patient and their families have from incorrect or poor care that was given to a patient due to someone making an identification error and causing a massive number of mistakes. How do you take that back? Incorrectly identifying the patient cannot only cause them to become worse but can also prolong their stay and can also put a hospital and its staff at risk of lengthy legal actions. Cases that get high publicity of medical negligence can have a huge impact on the healthcare provider's reputation, which could cause the facility to lose their accreditation as well as the employee's credentials.
Improve the accuracy of patient identification is one of JAACO's goals listed in the National Patient Safety Goals list. Some of the ways we can do that is to use at least two patient identifiers (name & birth date) when providing care, treatment and services to the patient. Before starting any surgical or invasive procedure, those involved in the procedure performs a verification procedure, such as a time-out, to confirm they have the correct patient; they are doing the correct procedure and site.
The ongoing problem of getting everyone compliant with the accreditation requirement remains to be a problem due to staff overlooking or just forgetting to check. Even after extensive surveys, staff continued not to follow through....