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Two Patient Identifiers and Patient Safety: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Author: Dr. Matt Scanlon

A central component of many safety plans is the practice of checking two or more patient identifiers. This concept has been the focus of countless safety campaigns in the hopes of avoiding the administration of medications to the wrong patient, wrong patient procedures and other potentially preventable errors and harm. Which would all be wonderful if it was meaningful. However, science and reason suggest otherwise. [...]