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
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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