Newborns Pose Unique Identification Challenges
Unique characteristics of the newborn population pose challenges for accurate and consistent patient identification. Newborns are unable to actively participate in confirming this information and often lack distinguishing physical characteristics. Safety huddling, distinct naming systems, clinician awareness, and technology such as bar coding may help to decrease newborn identification errors.
Update on Medication Errors Associated with Incorrect Patient Weights
When errors occur during the process of obtaining, documenting, and communicating and using a patient’s weight, the dose of a medication can be dangerously incorrect. Important risk-reduction strategies include obtaining a current, accurate weight and obtaining, documenting, and communicating patient weights in metric units.
Health Literacy and Patient Safety Events
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is participating in a statewide health literacy initiative focused on providing strategies to healthcare providers that help patients understand and engage in their medical care. Structuring and presenting healthcare information that aligns with a patient’s level of understanding can help patients achieve optimal outcomes.