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Patient Identification Errors

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ECRI Institute. Health Techonology Assesment Information Service. Special Report. Patient Identification Errors. Jun. 2016.

Patient identification (ID) errors can disrupt care and harm patients in virtually every facet of clinical medicine, including diagnostic testing, medication administration, and even billing. Recognizing the magnitude of this problem, The Joint Commission has named improving the accuracy of patient ID as the most important National Patient Safety Goal since 2014.1 In 2013, ECRI Institute convened the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. In support of ongoing work performed by the Partnership’s Patient Identification Workgroup, we performed a literature review to provide an up-to-date understanding of problems and interventions that have been assessed in the literature. Specifically, we addressed the following key questions:
1. What is the prevalence of patient ID errors in clinical care?
2. What are causes of patient ID errors in clinical care?
3. What interventions are effective for decreasing patient ID errors in clinical care?

Disponível em: <https://www.ecri.org/Resources/HIT/Patient%20ID/Patient_Identification_Evidence_Based_Literature_final.pdf>.