Positive Patient Identification Solutions

April 4, 2012 — 1,584 views  
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Those working in the field of nursing, whether they are new to the job or have been at it for some time, will deal with a number of challenges on a day-to-day basis. The necessity of positive patient identification (PPID) is among the most significant of these issues.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), PPID is one of the most vital aspects of patient safety. The hazards that can result if a patient is not properly identified - should a nurse act on that incorrect information - are extremely serious, and include testing errors, the dosage of incorrect medication and even infants being released to the wrong families, among others.

As such, it's imperative for nurses and medical staff to provide the proper forms of patient identification. The WHO recommends that patients be identified by two major pieces of information, such as name and date of birth, upon admission. Additionally, standardized ID bands should be available, featuring similarly standardized markings.

Technological advances have facilitated the availability of PPID wristbands with barcodes and other radio frequency (RF) identifiers. Other high-tech patient identification solutions include cloud-based information systems that nurses and other medical professionals can access with mobile devices to receive vital information no matter where they are.