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Improving Accuracy of Patient Identification

Always verify patient identification prior to:

  • Providing care
  • Treatment and/or services
  • Documenting in EMR
  • Verify documentation is in correct EMR

Use two forms of patient identification:

  • Ask patient to state his/her name and date of birth
  • Match with a second source such as the face sheet, progress note or medication reconciliation form
  • Verify correct patient in EMR prior to accessing information or documenting in the record

Improving Accuracy of Patient Identification