Introduction to Standard 5

Patient Identification and Procedure Matching

At BHS we have establised systems to ensure the correct identification of patients and correct matching of patients with their intended treament.  This involves:

  • Correctly identifying patients and matching them to their treatment is fundamental to safe care
  • Risks occur when there is a mismatch between a given patient and components of their care – diagnostic, therapeutic, supportive
  • Patient identification is such a routine process – can be seen as unimportant
  • Putting systems in place to ensure patients are correctly matched to their care means that more attention can be paid to more complex tasks