Monday, January 26, 2009

KPJ National Patient Safety GOAL No. 1

The first step in patient safety goals in healthcare service is to identify patients correctly. This is the most important goal because without proper and correct identification of the patient, the patient safety is in danger - the medical treatment will be given to wrong patients. Imagine you are given radiotherapy but you are not having any indication for it. Imagine the doctor is operating on the wrong patient and the consequence is very costly.
Identification of patients correctly need a simple , accurate and standard process. One of the way is by identifying them using their National Identification Card (NRIC). Call the name written in NRIC and compare the image in the NRIC to the patient. Then register the patient by giving them unique Registered Number. Dont use location such as room number to identify the patient correctly. 

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