Correctly identifying patients in today’s complex healthcare system is a fundamental step in helping to ensure safe patient care. The Joint Commission’s most recent National Safety Goals (January 2019) for its Hospital Accreditation Program lists as Goal 1 to “improve the accuracy of patient identification.”

  • One recent study found that >50% of nurses reported experiences of adverse events that resulted in patient harm during their careers.
  • However, a 2015 study found that nearly 3 out of 4 registered nurses believed the potential correlation between patient misidentification and patient safety was “negligible.”

Clearly, there remains an educational imperative confronting nurse leaders to try to close the knowledge gap which causes so many nurses to regard patient misidentification as a rare and benign event—while statistics suggest otherwise. This webinar will convene an expert panel to:

  • Provide an interactive call to awareness and action about the multifactorial causes of preventable adverse events (PAEs) related to patient misidentification;
  • Define the root causes and prevalence of patient ID errors and their consequences; and
  • Propose printing and computing technologies and strategies for leaders and frontline nurses, to help them minimize patient misidentification related PAEs in the service of patient safety.