Improving Patient Safety Outcomes through Increased Compliance with Patient Identification

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157125
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Improving Patient Safety Outcomes through Increased Compliance with Patient Identification
Author(s):
Knowlson, Shelley; Roberson, Audrey
Author Details:
Shelley Knowlson, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia, USA, email: viszla4us@comcast.net; Audrey Roberson
Abstract:
PURPOSE: Patient safety, our top priority in health care, is compromised when health care professionals fail to verify patient identification prior to performing any procedure or treatment. Patient error and fatalities are well documented when patient identification has not been secured. A nursing initiative was developed and implemented in the Medical respiratory Intensive Care Unit (MRICU) for all health team members to correctly identify patient and increase compliance of such, prior to procedures. Description: Through random observations in the MRICU, it was discovered that patient safety was being compromised as evidenced by noncompliance with patient identification. Various health care team members within the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit were inconsistently complying with hospital and regulatory guidelines that explicitly describe how and when to verify patient identification. Recognizing this, a Patient Identification Scrabble game was designed to generate data regarding our compliance within our unit. The unit is divided into two teams, each receiving a different clinical question of the day. All patients in each half have their patient identification armbands partially obscured with a letter sticker. Upon entering the patient's room and prior to treatments/procedures, the health care team member would be expected to identify the patient by their armband, thus revealing a letter to the answer of the question of the day. All of the members of this half of the team would then collaborate on the answer, hoping to answer their question before the other team. The team to first answer their question correctly WINS! This game occurs unannounced, further demonstrating our commitment in making patient safety FIRST everyday! EVALUATION: Prior to the implementation of the Patient Identification Scrabble game, lack of compliance with patient identification was observed (8) times in a quarter. When this safety initiative was first introduced, our staff's lack of compliance decreased to (5) observations the following quarter. Observations for the following six-months noted only (2) occurrences of noncompliance. In the above-mentioned violations, the staff members involved were re-educated on the patient identification policy and reinforcement of practices compliance. Although initially intended to correct compliance with nursing staff, it has since brought forth practice changes for all staff members caring for our patients.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
26-Oct-2011
Citation:
2009 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3), e1-e17.
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition
Conference Host:
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Conference Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleImproving Patient Safety Outcomes through Increased Compliance with Patient Identificationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKnowlson, Shelleyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRoberson, Audreyen_GB
dc.author.detailsShelley Knowlson, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia, USA, email: viszla4us@comcast.net; Audrey Robersonen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157125-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: Patient safety, our top priority in health care, is compromised when health care professionals fail to verify patient identification prior to performing any procedure or treatment. Patient error and fatalities are well documented when patient identification has not been secured. A nursing initiative was developed and implemented in the Medical respiratory Intensive Care Unit (MRICU) for all health team members to correctly identify patient and increase compliance of such, prior to procedures. Description: Through random observations in the MRICU, it was discovered that patient safety was being compromised as evidenced by noncompliance with patient identification. Various health care team members within the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit were inconsistently complying with hospital and regulatory guidelines that explicitly describe how and when to verify patient identification. Recognizing this, a Patient Identification Scrabble game was designed to generate data regarding our compliance within our unit. The unit is divided into two teams, each receiving a different clinical question of the day. All patients in each half have their patient identification armbands partially obscured with a letter sticker. Upon entering the patient's room and prior to treatments/procedures, the health care team member would be expected to identify the patient by their armband, thus revealing a letter to the answer of the question of the day. All of the members of this half of the team would then collaborate on the answer, hoping to answer their question before the other team. The team to first answer their question correctly WINS! This game occurs unannounced, further demonstrating our commitment in making patient safety FIRST everyday! EVALUATION: Prior to the implementation of the Patient Identification Scrabble game, lack of compliance with patient identification was observed (8) times in a quarter. When this safety initiative was first introduced, our staff's lack of compliance decreased to (5) observations the following quarter. Observations for the following six-months noted only (2) occurrences of noncompliance. In the above-mentioned violations, the staff members involved were re-educated on the patient identification policy and reinforcement of practices compliance. Although initially intended to correct compliance with nursing staff, it has since brought forth practice changes for all staff members caring for our patients.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:26:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-26en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:26:37Z-
dc.identifier.citation2009 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3), e1-e17.en_GB
dc.conference.date2009en_GB
dc.conference.nameNational Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expositionen_GB
dc.conference.hostAmerican Association of Critical-Care Nursesen_GB
dc.conference.locationNew Orleans, Louisiana, USAen_GB
dc.identifier.citation2009 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3), e1-e17.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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