TITLE

Specimen labeling still a major risk for ID errors and huge liability

PUB. DATE
July 2011
SOURCE
Healthcare Risk Management;Jul2011, Vol. 33 Issue 7, p73
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses patient identification (ID) errors with a specific focus on specimen labeling, a major risk for misidentification, and its implications on patient safety and liability while highlighting the role of bar code technology to curb the chance of such errors.
ACCESSION #
63180600

 

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