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The unique device identifier and nursing

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By: Denise Maxwell-Downing, MS, RN, CNOR, and Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAMIA, FAAN

What you need to know for reporting and patient safety

TO PROMOTE patient health and safety, nurses need to learn about and incorporate activities related to medical devices’ unique device identifiers (UDIs). The UDI improves accuracy of capturing medical device data, medical device traceability for recalls and adverse events, and data accuracy that leads to improved safety and patient care. In addition, the collected data allow healthcare organizations to analyze medical device performance, which may lead to better devices and improved patient outcomes.

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