Increasing Patient Safety using Positive Patient Identification and Bedside Specimen Scanning

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621193
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Other Graduate Paper
Level of Evidence:
Observational Study, Other (e.g., Prevalence, Incidence)
Research Approach:
Translational Research/Evidence-based Practice
Title:
Increasing Patient Safety using Positive Patient Identification and Bedside Specimen Scanning
Author(s):
Czaplinski, Lisa
Additional Author Information:
Registered Nurse, Masters in Nurse Management and Executive Leadership
Advisors:
Morrow, Linda
Degree:
Master’s
Degree Year:
2016
Grantor:
Sacred Heart University
Abstract:

A hospital located in the Northeastern United States, has an opportunity to improve the number of specimens that are mislabeled. Mislabeled specimens increase costs, create patient inconvenience and can lead to unnecessary treatment, lack of treatment or even death (Stein et al., 2011). This paper discusses the impact of bedside specimen scanning as it relates to the reduction and elimination of specimen collection errors. Five pre and post intervention studies were reviewed to determine if a positive patient identification application could reduce mislabeled specimens. Error rates were calculated prior to the implementation of the intervention. After implementation, the mislabeled specimens were once again determined and compared to the pre-implementation error rates. Evidence depicts a decrease in specimen errors or the ability to completely eliminate specimen errors related to patient identification using a barcode scanning application for positive patient identification (Brown, Smith & Sherfy, 2011; Hill et al., 2010; Morrison et al, 2010; Ning et al., 2016; Spain et al., 2010). Two studies depicted the possibilities of staff workarounds which could increase mislabeled specimen rates. However, both issues were addressed eliminating the workarounds and once again decreasing the mislabeled specimen (Hill et al., 2010; Spain et al., 2012). In conclusion, using bedside specimen scanning technology is effective in the reduction of mislabeled specimens (Brown, Smith & Sherfy, 2011; Hill et al., 2010; Morrison et al, 2010; Ning et al., 2016; Spain et al., 2010). Reducing mislabeled specimens will lead to an increase in patient safety, and improve patient quality of care while decreasing healthcare expenses associated with patient harm or mortality (Brown, Smith & Sherfy, 2011; Hill et al., 2010; Morrison et al, 2010; Ning et al., 2016; Spain et al., 2010).

Keywords:
bedside; scanning; patient identification; patient safety; specimen; mislabeled
CINAHL Headings:
Patient Safety; Patient Identification; Patient Identification--Methods; Health Care Errors; Health Care Errors--Prevention and Control; Specimen Handling; Bar Coding; Bar Coding--Methods
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This work has been approved through a faculty review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
Repository Posting Date:
2017-01-19T18:54:46Z
Date of Publication:
2017-01-19

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dc.contributor.advisorMorrow, Lindaen
dc.contributor.authorCzaplinski, Lisaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-19T18:54:46Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-19T18:54:46Z-
dc.date.issued2017-01-19-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621193-
dc.description.abstract<p>A hospital located in the Northeastern United States, has an opportunity to improve the number of specimens that are mislabeled. Mislabeled specimens increase costs, create patient inconvenience and can lead to unnecessary treatment, lack of treatment or even death (Stein et al., 2011). This paper discusses the impact of bedside specimen scanning as it relates to the reduction and elimination of specimen collection errors. Five pre and post intervention studies were reviewed to determine if a positive patient identification application could reduce mislabeled specimens. Error rates were calculated prior to the implementation of the intervention. After implementation, the mislabeled specimens were once again determined and compared to the pre-implementation error rates. Evidence depicts a decrease in specimen errors or the ability to completely eliminate specimen errors related to patient identification using a barcode scanning application for positive patient identification (Brown, Smith & Sherfy, 2011; Hill et al., 2010; Morrison et al, 2010; Ning et al., 2016; Spain et al., 2010). Two studies depicted the possibilities of staff workarounds which could increase mislabeled specimen rates. However, both issues were addressed eliminating the workarounds and once again decreasing the mislabeled specimen (Hill et al., 2010; Spain et al., 2012). In conclusion, using bedside specimen scanning technology is effective in the reduction of mislabeled specimens (Brown, Smith & Sherfy, 2011; Hill et al., 2010; Morrison et al, 2010; Ning et al., 2016; Spain et al., 2010). Reducing mislabeled specimens will lead to an increase in patient safety, and improve patient quality of care while decreasing healthcare expenses associated with patient harm or mortality (Brown, Smith & Sherfy, 2011; Hill et al., 2010; Morrison et al, 2010; Ning et al., 2016; Spain et al., 2010).</p>en
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectbedsideen
dc.subjectscanningen
dc.subjectpatient identificationen
dc.subjectpatient safetyen
dc.subjectspecimenen
dc.subjectmislabeleden
dc.titleIncreasing Patient Safety using Positive Patient Identification and Bedside Specimen Scanningen_US
dc.typeOther Graduate Paperen
thesis.degree.grantorSacred Heart Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMaster’sen
dc.description.noteThis work has been approved through a faculty review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.-
dc.primary-author.detailsRegistered Nurse, Masters in Nurse Management and Executive Leadershipen
thesis.degree.year2016en
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.evidence.levelObservational Study, Other (e.g., Prevalence, Incidence)en
dc.research.approachTranslational Research/Evidence-based Practiceen
dc.subject.cinahlPatient Safetyen
dc.subject.cinahlPatient Identificationen
dc.subject.cinahlPatient Identification--Methodsen
dc.subject.cinahlHealth Care Errorsen
dc.subject.cinahlHealth Care Errors--Prevention and Controlen
dc.subject.cinahlSpecimen Handlingen
dc.subject.cinahlBar Codingen
dc.subject.cinahlBar Coding--Methodsen
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