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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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COVAS, María del Carmen; SALVATIERRA, Brenda; VELAZQUEZ, Valeria  and  ALDA, Ernesto R. Use of the identification bracelet in the newborn: A safe method?. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2018, vol.116, n.1, pp.72-76. ISSN 0325-0075.

Background: The placement of newborn bracelets is the most widely used method for patient identification in Argentina. Objectives: To evaluate the permanence of the identification bracelets during the hospitalization. Population: All the term newborns who remained with their mother. Design: observational, prospective study, cohort type, randomized: forearm, leg. Results: Cases observed: 914. Forearm: 457, leg: 438. At the time of discharge, the frequency of permanence of the identification bracelets as originally placed was 67% in the forearm and 72% in the leg. Conclusions: A third of newborns lacked the bracelet as originally placed at the time of discharge. The permanence was higher in the leg.

Keywords : Newborn; Patient identification system; Bracelets; Patient safety.

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