P_CS_24 Patient Identification
Under its duty of care Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has a responsibility to act in the best interests and maintain the safety of all the patients for whom it is responsible. A key component of maintaining safety is the ability to correctly identify each patient. The Organisation therefore requires that patients wear an accessible identification (ID) band containing the required information in order for staff to confirm the unique identity of the wearer. Individuals required to wear an ID band include: (a) All inpatients (b) Outpatients receiving invasive procedures / sedation or intravenous/subcutaneous medication e.g. blood transfusion, infusion of medication/chemotherapy (c) Outpatients attending X-ray must adhere to The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) (IRMER) regulations 2000. (d) All patients who have an increased risk of misidentification e.g. due to reduced or changing levels of consciousness or a confusional state. Minor Injuries Units, Urgent/Emergency Care Centres i. A patient who is in the department, when it has been decided to admit him/her to a hospital ward. ii. A patient in the department, where no decision to admit has yet been made but who is perceived at being at risk of misidentification. iii. A patient in the department, where no decision to admit has yet been made but who is to undergo an invasive procedure and/or investigation as stated in 1.1b The objective of this policy is to ensure all patients attending LCHS facilities are identified correctly.