SA Health is committed to establishing and maintaining a uniform approach to Patient Identification across the public health care sector. In order to provide safe high quality care it is essential that we ensure the right care is provided to the right patient.
SA Health resources
SA Health has produced a policy and standard to establish a uniform approach to patient identification across the public health care sector.
- Clinical Communication and Patient Identification Clinical Directive (PDF 475KB)
- Patient Identification Band Standard (PDF 96KB)
- Surgical Team Safety Checklist to assist in correct identification during surgical procedures
- Why do staff keep asking WHO YOU ARE? poster (PDF 105KB).
National Safety and Quality Service Standard 6: Communicating for Safety
The NSQHS Standard 6: Communicating for Safety describes actions that need to be met for accreditation:
6.5 The health service organisation:
- defines approved identifiers for patients according to best-practice guidelines
- requires at least three approved identifiers on registration and admission; when care, medication, therapy and other services are provided; and when clinical handover, transfer or discharge documentation is generated
6.6 The health service organisation specifies the:
- processes to correctly match patients to their care
- information should be documented about the process of correctly matching patients to their intended care
The SA Health Accreditation Resource Standard 6: Communicating for Safety identifies the resources that are available to support each action.
Safety and Quality
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