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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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D´ACUNTO, Javier I.; KHOURY, Marina; PARODI, Graciela  y  ESTRADA, Gabriela. Inpatient identification wristbands failures detection. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2021, vol.81, n.4, pp.597-601. ISSN 0025-7680.

Medical attention is not free from committing mistakes that can increase mortality and costs. The International Goals for Patient Safety include correct patient identification. The use of wristbands reduces the number of adverse events. The rate of non-identified patients at the moment of phlebotomy was investigated retrospectively during 2019. The annual rate of non-identified patients was 9.8% and higher rates were observed from April to September. Monday was the day with the highest rate of non-identified. There was statistically significant relationship between the month rate of non-identified patients and the number of discharges from operative unit per month (r=0.6465; p=0.0237) and the bed turnover rate (r=0.7776; p=0.0029). Other wristband identification errors are unknown. The investigation detected failures in patient identification that allowed to make recommendations. In order to reduce the number of missing wristbands it will be necessary to monitor the indicator, especially during the months with the highest number of discharges and bed turnover rate, to evaluate the adherence of the personnel to the current protocol and to carry out training programs.

Palabras clave : Patient safety; Patient identification systems; Phlebotomy.

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