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Wearing Identification Wristbands: Implications for Newborn Safety in …

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Silva, Raiana Soares de Sousa, Rocha, Silvana Santiago da, Gouveia, Márcia Teles de Oliveira, Dantas, Amanda Lúcia Barreto, Santos, José Diego Marques, & Carvalho, Nalma Alexandra Rocha de. (2019). Wearing identification wristbands: implications for newborn safety in maternity hospitals. Escola Anna Nery, 23(2), e20180222. Epub 28 de março de 2019.https://doi.org/10.1590/2177-9465-ean-2018-0222

To analyze the wearing of identification wristbands in newborns admitted in a public maternity hospital, regarding patient safety.

Descriptive study, of the survey type, carried out in a reference public maternity hospital, through observations and interviews. Two hundred and sixty newborns were included.

15.4% of the newborns had no identification wristbands, and 18% of the wristbands had data that did not match with the medical records. 90.9% of the wristbands were easily accessible for checking; however, in 80.9% of the cases, the wristband was not checked before the nursing procedures, and the mother or caregiver was not instructed on wearing the wristband in 76.8% of respondents.

Conclusion and Implications for Practice
There should be training of the nursing team and other health professionals on the placement and daily checking of wristbands, considering international protocols and recommendations regarding patient safety.

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