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C-2423 - Triple ID patient check: How do we fare? A local audit

N. Ramesh; Portlaoise/IE Type: Educational Exhibit
Area of Interests: Management, Radiographers, eHealth
Imaging Techniques: RIS, CT, Fluoroscopy
Procedures: Education, Safety, Audit and standards
Special Focuses: Education and training, Workforce
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Learning objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess if patients attending radiology department were being correctly identified prior to Radiological procedure by the radiographer/sonographer/Consultant Radiologists. Positive patient identification is an extremely important step prior to any diagnostic examinati[...]

Background: A patient verification process is needed everywhere, not just at the bedside   Each department should have a protocol in place to correctly identify patients who are undergoing a Radiology Diagnostic or Therapaeutic procedure. An exposure must not be undertaken if the patient identification c[...]

Findings and procedure details: Of the 200 procedures that were audited, majority of the triple ID were performed by the sonographer or radiographer. In some cases, the Radiology nurse.   189/200 {94.5%} procedures had a full three point identification performed prior to the examination   11/200 {5.5%} had only one poi[...]

Conclusion: Triple ID check is important prior to any Radiological/Imaging investigation. All staff should comply with this protocol and procedure   Standard operating procedures and Guidelines should be in place   WHAT NEXT? Staff meeting Discuss the importance of Triple ID Aim to achieve 100% comp[...]


References: http://www.who.int/patientsafety/solutions/patientsafety/PS-Solution2.pdf https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Protocol_GeneralRadiologyUltrasound.pdf National Patient Safety Agency: Standarising wristbands improves safety patient. http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?Ent[...]

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