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Keys to prevent mistakes with patient identification

Mistaken patient identity can lead to many issues in hospitals, including dangerous adverse events that jeopardize patients’ safety. To avoid these problems, facilities need to do what they can to make sure it’s easy for clinicians to identify patients. 

Prevent patient identification errors

Sometimes, hospital staff confuse two patients for one another, or pull the wrong chart for a patient due to similar sounding names or illnesses. These patient identification errors can cause serious harm, and they’re more common in hospitals than they should be.