(PDF) The Role of Patient Identification in Patient Safety

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Table of ContentsMAIN BODY..................................................................................................................................3Module 1......................................................................................................................................3Module 2......................................................................................................................................4Module 3......................................................................................................................................6Module 4......................................................................................................................................7REFERENCES................................................................................................................................1
MAIN BODYModule 1John Smith and John Adams, two separate patients were confused with each otherresulting in John Smith getting treatment of John Adams. This can be categorized under PatientIdentification Errors and Medication Administration Errors conducted on behalf of the nurses.This is a major area of concern since getting confuse with the identity of patient and giving themtreatment is grate mistake which can lead to life threatening implications(Barkhordari-Sharifabad & Mirjalili, 2019). A registered nurse is required to formulate some preliminary rulesneed to be taken care of before admitting a patient. It is mandatory for nurses to ensure thatpatients with same first names are not admitted in same room and if it is done, the medicalattendants and examiners must be notified regarding the same. Further, using proper name tags,marking the patients name etc. are some of the additional security checks that can be applied in apatient by the registered nurse. The science of patient safety and medical error details theprovisions which the nurse should follow in order to increase the safety standards so that sucherrors can be avoided (Ginter, Duncan & Swayne, 2018). As per the artefact 1 titled Errorreporting and disclosure1, it is highlighted that using web based databases and intrainstitutionaldatabases can assist the nurses and other operators in taking more care so that these trivial errorscan create potential harm and therefore need to be avoided along with encouraging registerednurses to provide quality care.In order to ensure that these practices can be avoided in future, a better framework needsto be formulated which would minimise the frequency of such errors and also ensure that nocritical nature grievances are caused(McClain, Hasan, & Zitlaw, 2019). Formulating properreporting and follow-up standards is a major action that would mandate the professionals toadopt a predetermined step of actions that will ensure that no unaccounted error creeps in.Another such aspect is ensuring that medical attendants and registered nurses do not concealtheir faults and errors out of embarrassment. It not only an ethical wrongdoing, but it can alsolead to severe impact on the patient who has been the target of such errors. This will facilitatetrust and responsibility amongst the care takers ensuring that all the mistakes are properlyreported with adequate follow-up actions being taken. Error related to reporting mechanisms isanother category similar to this case where the radiographer did not cross check the full name1Error Reporting and Disclosure,2017(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2652/)
with the patient and trusted orderly who showed extreme carelessness and negligibility on hisbehalf. When there is increased usage of written documents, reports, follow-up actions, althoughit becomes easier to account for different actions of the nursing staff but, the chances of errorcreeping increases and chances of manipulation or misguidance also increase (Chou & et.al.,2016). Using web based forms or electronic systems, excel sheets, electronic reportingmechanisms are a few of those technological methods that need to be implemented in order toensure that number of errors decline significantly. For nursing profession patient’s safety shouldbe the prime concern and it is important for nurses to address the patient effectively and make aproper identification of patient before treating any patientModule 2Importance of ensuring that the environment of the healthcare facility is clean and theinstruments used are sterilized cannot be emphasized enough. There have been so many criticalcases of carelessness and unhygienic practices which has ultimately led to life threateningsituations for the patients. Development of a robust healthcare assistance system which providescorrect information regarding various aspect related to the patients and the healthcare facility isnot a new thing in the medical field. The safety of the patient needs to be ensured as many timeintegration of environmental factors like sanitations with human actions like carelessness canlead to disastrous situations (Wu, Chang, & Wang, 2018). Further, traceability of the patients atall times becomes of even more importance when the case of patient is extremely sensitive or ifthe drugs involved are of high risk and is costly. This automatically indicates the critical natureof the patient and highlights the importance of a proper drug administration system so that properprescriptions for the patients can be prepared. As per the artefact 2 which is an image titledAdministration Plan of Medication2the importance of various tracking and traceability softwarecan be identified.2RFID and other traceable technologies, 2015. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5017354/)
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