Treating the Right Patient

Failure to correctly identify our patient may result in a range of adverse events such as medication errors, transfusion errors, testing errors, wrong person procedures, and the discharge of infants to the wrong families. Patient misidentification was identified in more than 100 individual root cause analyses by the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety from January 2000 to March 2003. The UK National Patient Safety Agency reported 236 incidents and near misses related to missing wristbands or wristbands with incorrect information between 2003 and 2005. (Accreditation Canada 2010) Evidence has shown decreases in patient identification errors when using revised client identification systems.

At the Yukon Hospital Organization you will be asked to provide your health card and a form of government issued ID when registering to assure that your correct details are entered into our system. It is important that you bring ID with you every time you attend the hospital so that we can verify we are registering you correctly. Once you have registered, you will be provided with a wrist band with your details on it. You should check these details to ensure they are correct and report any errors to the admitting clerk or the health care worker treating you. Health care workers should double check you identification every time they provide you with any service or procedure at the hospital.

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