When Errors Are Not An Option
Quick, accurate, and dependable methods to verify patient ID—and prevent surgical errors and adverse drug events—are the foundation of patient safety. Positive patient identification (PPID) solutions, including bar coded patient wristbands and RFID technologies, are used by healthcare facilities to ensure accurate dispensing and administration of medications and blood products; track specimens and x-rays; manage medical equipment, assets, and files; help with charge capture, and more.
PPID begins when registration staff at the front desk, in the emergency room, or specialty clinics print a bar coded wristband, and perhaps bar coded forms, for every incoming patient. The wristband may even include a patient's color photograph.
Scanning the bar code with a handheld device enables clinical staff to instantly access patient data, including identity information, reason for admission, medical history, prescribed medication, and allergies, in the hospital or pharmacy information system.
Every healthcare facility is responsible for providing a safe patient environment, and while receiving care, a patient should not have to worry about human error or security issues. Using accurate PPID systems to ensure that you are positively identifying patients every time:
- Keeps patients safe and reduces medical costs
- Enhances workflow and productivity
- Increases patient satisfaction by improving care and services, and
- Reduces the medical error rate
Solutions that integrate with hospital information systems can route patient data to the laboratory, nurse's station, or pharmacy, and generate bar code labels to identify specimens, medication orders, and other prescribed items.
Bar code labels are a very cost-effective way to track a patient's file folders, charts, order sheets, and specimens. These integrated solutions enable efficient patient care, improved patient scheduling, and billing.
Before administering medication or performing a medical procedure, clinicians scan the wristband bar code to positively identify the patient and ensure accurate bedside medication verification.
Verification Ensures Patient Safety
The bar code scanning process greatly reduces errors and supports compliance with JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) standards that require two patient-specific identifiers.
Similarly RFID surgery verification systems use passive RFID technology to prevent wrong-patient, wrong-site, and wrong-procedure surgeries. A small RFID tag contains a patient's demographic information and surgical procedure data to be verified twice by the surgeon before any procedure is performed.
The use of bar code and RFID technologies eliminates the inevitable human errors that occur with manual data entry, increases the accuracy of patient ID, improves compliance, and reduces costly, sometimes fatal, medication errors. These solutions also offer added security for mothers and their newborn infants.
Connection can help you build flexible, open solutions that will work with your existing architecture, technology, and clinical workflow and enable your facility to achieve regulatory PPID mandates—while increasing productivity and efficiency throughout the organization.
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