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Custom Research Brief: Reducing patient misidentification errors through the use of biometrics

Patient misidentification, which can lead to medical errors, patient harm, and sentinel events, has been a growing concern over the past few years, and prompted The Joint Commission to issue National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG.01.01.01) requiring hospitals to use two patient identifiers before administering care.imprivatawp_0

According to a survey released in partnership by Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare and Imprivata, nearly 99% of respondents believe patient misidentification leads to medical errors or patient harm, and 65% say they’ve witnessed an error, such as a medication or blood transfusion mistake, that resulted from such misidentification. Almost 70% of respondents say a patient is misidentified in their facility between one and five times a week. Finally, over 90% of respondents believe medical errors could be reduced if patients were biometrically linked to their medical record.

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